Here are a few resources we've found helpful for individuals looking into post-secondary education for young adults with intellectual disability. If you know of any other resources or opportunities available, please contact us! 


Resources & Scholarships:

  • - Post-secondary education is an opportunity for individuals with intellectual disability all over the country. Visit Think College to learn more about the nationwide opportunities available for young adults. 
    • For a searchable Database of Available Comprehensive Postsecondary Transition Programs, see ThinkCollege Database. 
  • The National Down Syndrome Society - Human Rights Organization for all individuals with Down syndrome
    • O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund, 10 scholarship awards (up to $5k) *application deadline: March 15th - more info here!

  • United Parent Support for Down Syndrome (UPS for DownS) - Support and information for families by families. 
    • Katie MacDonald Memorial Scholarship Program - 2 awards/$2500 *application deadline: April 1stmore info here!

  • Ruby's Rainbow - Ruby's Rainbow is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping provide post-secondary education to young adults with down syndrome.
    • Click here to see the different scholarship opportunities provided by Ruby's Rainbow *deadline: April 28th, 2018* 

      *In August 2016, one of our very own FOCUS students was awarded the Wil Can Fly Scholarship through Ruby's Rainbow- check it out here! 

  • Visit the people at Tuck to learn about issues surrounding individuals with Down Syndrome and sleep.

Research and other helpful articles:

  • Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

The Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Public Law 113-295) was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The ABLE Act amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The funds in the ABLE account do not count toward the $2,000 cap on assets that is required to remain eligible for critical government supports.    Click here to learn more

  • Research shows the benefits of post-secondary education
    by Shaun Heasley

"Graduates of postsecondary programs reported higher rates of employment since completing high school, according to findings published online this month in the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. The research offers support for a growing number of programs at colleges and universities specifically geared toward young adults with developmental disabilities."    Read the full article

  • Focus on Natural Supports in Post-secondary education for students with Intellectual Disability
    by Kelly R. Kelley, and David L. Westling

"When responsibilities move beyond the textbook and class requirements, being a natural support goes beyond simply earning a grade to providing meaningful opportunities to show genuine engagement, responsibility, and commitment to working with individuals with disabilities."    Read the full article