Impact Feature Issue on Postsecondary Education and Students with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities

Think College: Promoting College Opportunities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (sidebar)

Think College is a consortium of federally-funded projects dedicated to creating inclusive postsecondary education as a choice for students with intellectual disabilities. Through funding from Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Office of Postsecondary Education, and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, staff conduct research and evaluation, provide training and technical assistance, and disseminate information on postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disabilities, family members, and professionals. The following are its key activities:

  • Research: Conducts research including national surveys; secondary data analyses of existing national datasets; participatory action research by college students with intellectual disabilities; development of standards, quality indicators and benchmarks for postsecondary programs; and, as National Coordinating Center for Transition Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, evaluates the 27 program grant recipients.
  • Training, Technical Assistance, and Dissemination: Conducts a wide range of train- ing and technical assistance face-to-face, via webinars, and using online learning modules for a wide array of higher education personnel, adult service agencies, K-12 educators and administrators, legislators, parents, and self-advocates.