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2017 State of the Art Conference Accepting Presentation Proposals

The State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held November 15-16 in Syracuse, New York. Presentation proposals are now being accepted with a submission deadline of June 6. To submit a proposal CLICK HERE

This popular conference of 300+ participants will provide an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to learn about the current state of research and practice in the field, and to network with each other. Panels that include faculty and staff from postsecondary education initiatives, parents, self-advocates and other experts, will share effective practices during break-out sessions with an opportunity for group discussion. New this year will be a parallel student conference on Syracuse University’s campus, with the goal of bringing more high school and college students into the conversation.

The 2017 Conference is sponsored by George Mason University’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human Disabilities and The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University.

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SEPSEA College Fair in Nashville June 26!

Meet representatives from colleges and universities throughout the Southeast at the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance College Fair. Get the latest information on inclusive higher education programs. This fair is targeted towards individuals with intellectual disabilities. Students, counselors, parents, and community members are all welcome! There is no charge for this event.

June 26, 2017
4:00-6:00 PM
Student Life Center, Vanderbilt University

For more information or to request accommodations please contact felicia.p.johnson@vanderbilt.edu or (615)322-3978

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TN IHE Alliance Presence in National Coordinating Center Accreditation Workgroup

Tennessee Inclusive Higher Education Alliance members Elise McMillan, J.D. (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), and Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D. (University of Memphis Institute on Disability), recently attended the annual in-person meeting of the Think College National Coordinating Center Accreditation Workgroup.

The National Coordinating Center reports that the Workgroup heard from experts from the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), reviewed the Report on Model Accreditation Standards for Higher Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities prepared by the first Accreditation Workgroup, and considered next steps.

The Workgroup created and has started work on three committees:

  • the Accreditation Outreach Committee will focus on outreach to accrediting agencies, recommendations regarding a possible registry, and research on accreditation policies and process.
  • the Student Learning Outcomes and Credentials Committee will research student competencies, learning, employment and other outcomes and the relationship to credentials and accreditation.
  • the Self-Study Development Committee’s purpose is to develop recommendations for a protocol and plans for field-testing the standards. This will include site selection, how self-studies will be conducted and information used, etc.

Committee recommendations will be considered by the full Workgroup. As this work progresses, a technical guidance document will be developed and the model standards may be updated, if needed. The new Workgroup includes experts in higher education, special education, employment, accreditation, inclusion, and student and family interests.

For more on the Think College National Coordinating Center and its activities, CLICK HERE.

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MTSU, ETSU, and Maryville to host community conversations on inclusive higher education

Community Conversations on the topic of postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities will take place in March. If you are interested in expanding inclusive higher education programs and are a family member, person with a disability, faculty member, current college student, campus administrator, disability service provider, or a member of the community, please join the conversation. More information and registration links are listed below.

Community Conversation opportunities:

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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Transition Guide now available

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has published A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. The guide is being issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce.

This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:

  • Transition planning: opportunities and programs;
  • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
  • Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

The information in this guide will assist students and youth with disabilities and their families in developing and pursuing their goals for adult life. Additionally, this transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.