To read on Vanderbilt Kennedy Center website:
Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities
The Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities was formed in May 2007 to increase awareness about the need for postsecondary opportunities in Tennessee, to gather information about postsecondary programs in other states, and to develop a pilot program on a Tennessee college campus.
The first program in Tennessee, Next Steps at Vanderbilt, began in January 2010. The second program, University of Tennessee FUTURE, began in August 2011. The Alliance continues to encourage more programs on campuses across Tennessee.The Alliance continues to meet quarterly and is comprised of representatives from State and local agencies, self-advocates, and family members, representatives from colleges and universities in Tennessee, and business owners. For information on Alliance meetings, contact [email protected].
Visit the Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Education Opportunities Website at: www.tnpsealliance.org
Information and Resources
For more information on the activities of the Tennessee Alliance for PostsecondaryOpportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities, see the article: Creating Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities.
For more information on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities in Tennessee, search the service database for education services in your county using the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder site, or call (615) 322-8529, toll-free (800) 640-INFO .
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links
- Next Steps at Vanderbilt University – Postsecondary Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Education, social skills, and vocational training program for students with intellectual disabilities. Next Steps at Vanderbilt provides educational experiences for students beyond high school and awards 2-year certification at graduation.
Other Links and Resources
- University of Tennessee FUTURE Program
The mission of the FUTURE Program is to empower students to achieve gainful employment in the community.
- Think College – Newsletters and Publications
Newsletters and publications from Think College.
- Going to College: A resource for teens with disabilities
provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.
Printable Materials and Resources
- Postsecondary Education Tip Sheet
- Postsecondary Education Task Force Master Presentation
- Higher Education Opportunities Act Reauthorization Policy Brief June 2009
News Releases and Media Mentions
- Program Helps Children With Disabilities Find Jobs
Vanderbilt signed on as a partner to Project Opportunity, from which they employ more than a dozen interns. City leaders discuss ways to help children with disabilities before they graduate.
- Succeeding in College and at Work: Students with Disabilities Tell Their Stories
Students with disabilities share strategies to successfully stay in school, graduate and get jobs. Students reveal their struggles with self-reporting their disability, and negotiating accommodations in school and at work.
- ICI to Enhance Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
The Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in collaboration with seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) (University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, University of Delaware, The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, University of South Carolina, and University of California Los Angeles), along with the Association for University Centers on Disabilities has received a grant for $4 million, to be distributed over five years, from the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities to establish the Consortium for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
- Institute for Community Inclusion and TransCen, Inc. to Research Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in partnership with TransCen, Inc. in Maryland, has received $1.5 million over three years from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to establish the Center for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.
- Developmental disabilities won’t shut door to college
VU program is first in Tennessee to offer courses, life skills
- Creating Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities
The Tennessee Task Force for Postsecondary Education for Students With Intellectual Disabilities was formed in May 2007 to increase awareness about the need for postsecondary opportunities in Tennessee, to gather information about postsecondary programs in other states, and to develop a pilot program on a Tennessee college campus.
- Vanderbilt Will Offer First Postsecondary Education Opportunity in Tennessee for Students With Intellectual Disabilities
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities has received a 3-year grant from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities to develop and coordinate a Postsecondary Education Program for students with intellectual disabilities at Vanderbilt University. The program will be the first of its kind in the state of Tennessee.
Research and Disability Topics
- Special education personnel preparation
- Transition from high school
- Inclusion of persons with disabilities