The Union EDGE Program graduated the second cohort of students on May 19, 2018. Six young people walked across the stage. All six are currently working or have jobs for the fall after taking some time off after graduation for trips. Four students completed the Union Bridge Program, which is the optional third year of supervision after completing the two year program. All four have jobs.
A new resource from the Tennessee Developmental Disabilities and Independent Living Networks pulls together informative presentations from the 3rd Annual 2017 Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance Capacity Building Institute. By sharing best practices and perspectives, the aim of the publication is to encourage more programs on college, university, and community college campuses across the Southeast and nation.
Visit the resource page to download Inclusive Higher Education: Practices and Perspectives from the Southeast
Presentation proposals are currently being accepted for the 2018 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
*October 10-11, 2018 in Syracuse, NY*
This popular conference of 300+ participants provides opportunities 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, share effective practices during break-out sessions with opportunities for group discussion. The Student Leadership Conference is a new, parallel conference on Syracuse University’s campus, which brings more high school and college students into the conversation.
New for 2018:
• Extended breakout sessions
• Technical assistance panels
• More opportunities to network with your peers
Proposal Deadline is April 20! Click here to submit your proposal!
State of the Art is hosted by the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University and George Mason University’s Helen A. Keller Institute for Human Disabilities. Previous sponsors include Think College, AUCD, NDSS, AAIDD, AIDD and Cognitopia. For more information, visit sotaconference.com.
Ruby’s Rainbow has opened its application process for scholarships for college-bound students with Down syndrome. The organization has two scholarship awards available for 2018. Information and eligibility requirements may be found at their newly designed website HERE.
The CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now open for the 4th Annual SEPSEA Conference to be held April 19 & 20, 2018 in Memphis, TN. The theme this year is Students with IDD Have a Dream: Success in College and Beyond. The deadline for proposals is January 30, 2018.
The Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) seeks compelling presentations that inform inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) professionals and students about best practices, research, and other activities of interest to the IPSE programs in the Southeast.
There will be 4 strands for presentations: Innovative Ideas, Program Development, Administration, and Transition to College.
Proposals may be submitted: HERE
Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2-3 pm CST
State and local policymakers are looking for partners, solutions, and ways to stretch their dollars. Perhaps most importantly, they are looking for ways simply to make life better for their citizens. You have some of that information! It’s important to share the benefits of inclusive higher education, including employment, with state policymakers. This Webinar will look at what you can and cannot do, how to do it, who to approach and how to say it. Templates and tools will be shared. Whether you are an experienced advocate or a beginner, there is something here for you. Join AUCD’s Denise Rozell, J.D.
To register, click here.
Think College (thinkcollege.net) provides training that disseminates research and promising practices related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability, including webinars, conference presentations, capacity-building institutes and research summits.
#includemeincollege: How One Girl’s Dream of College Changed Others’ Ways of Thinking is a new webinar offered December 12 by the Think College National Coordinating Center. Pull out your Tennessee pride when you learn that the presenter is a mom of a new Next Steps at Vanderbilt student!
Blogger, advocate, and self-designated supermom, Jennifer Farmer, will tell the story of how her daughter Chloe decided she wanted to go college and all the things that happened to help Chloe achieve that goal. Jennifer will share tips and strategies to communicate effectively with high school staff, set measurable goals for your student or child, and how to start the college search itself. Participants will learn how to work with high school educators and staff to do self-determined, self-directed post-secondary planning; set specific goals related to college and work towards achieving them; and conduct a personalized college search.
Join the conversation on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4-5 pm ET.
Registration is required. CLICK HERE to register.
Four women who are students in the Union EDGE Program chose to go through the recruitment process of the Panhellenic groups on campus. All four women have received bids to join. EDGE Program staff and faculty thank the women of Chi Omega, Kappa Delta, and Zeta Tau Alpha for their desire to be progressive in thinking about people with disabilities. Here’s to more friends!
You can read more about this in the Union EDGE September newsletter.
On June 26-27, representatives from inclusive higher education programs for students with disabilities across the Southeast gathered for the 3rd Annual Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) Capacity Building Conference. To read about the event, follow the link below.