RI College awarded TPSID grant to help individuals with intellectual disabilities attend college
RIC wins major federal grant to help individuals with intellectual disabilities break through barriers to higher education. Sen. Reed, who helped pass the Higher Education Opportunity Act, says new RIC program will help students with intellectual disabilities have an integrated campus experience that gives them the skills & training for self-sufficiency & successful careers.
Federal funds will enable RIC’s Sherlock Center on Disabilities to expand offerings & help students with intellectual disabilities continue learning and developing the skills they need for an independent adulthood. The new federal grant is anticipated to provide up to $1.93 million over five years to expand higher-education options for Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) was originally authorized in 2008 by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-315), which Senator Reed helped co-author and pass. The program provides federal grants to two- and four-year postsecondary education institutions to create or expand high-quality, inclusive transition postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. The goal is to establish a “Comprehensive Transition Program” (CTP) that helps students with intellectual disabilities attend college, successfully transition to the workforce, and reach their full potential.
The program will support 50-60 adolescents and young adults in obtaining a “Certificate of Community Studies” at RIC and increase programs participants’ breadth of knowledge, interest and competence across a variety of domains including academics, independent living and community participation, career discovery and development, social competence, and self-determination. Information will be made available to interested individuals and families over the next few months.