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:
- ThinkCollege.net - 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 1st - more 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.
- 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
- Porter, S. & Freeman, L. (2000). Transition Planning for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities: Information for Families and Teens.
- Newman, L. (2006). Family Expectations and Involvement for Youth with Disabilities. NLTS2 Data Brief. 4(2). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. Available at Newman, L. (2005).
- Family Involvement in the Educational Development of Youth with Disabilities. A Special Topic Report of Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.(2002). Age of Majority. Parent Brief. Promoting Effective Parent Involvement in Secondary Education and Transition.
- Post-secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the mentor, advocate, and guide your young adult needs. Parent Brief. Promoting Effective Parent Involvement in Secondary Education and Transition. March 2002.
- Fialka, J.(2003). Opening New Doors: Transition from High School to College For a Student with a Moderate Disability.
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.(2002). Postseconda
ry Education Supports & Accommodations.