Introducing Think College
This website introduces inclusive postsecondary education (PSE) for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Illinois. You will find this website helpful if you are a representative from a postsecondary education institution and/or a student, self-advocate, parent, administrator, service provider, or policy-maker.
Think College is a national initiative to create inclusive PSE opportunities for students with I/DD. It began in 1998 at the University of Massachusetts Boston's (UMASS) Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) and has received numerous federal grants to conduct activities in three areas around inclusive PSE: 1) research; 2) training; and 3) technical assistance.
For a list of inclusive programs in Illinois, refer to the
"Illinois Program Profiles" of this website. For additional programs, refer to the national Think College program database.
Think College Illinois
In 2011, the Illinois UCEDD, the
Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) received one of the Statewide Strategic Planning Grants. The aim of the Think College Illinois mini-grant was to:
Facilitate an on-going awareness and interest amongst policy makers, administrators, educators, parents and students.
Create this Think College Illinois website as a blueprint/toolkit for postsecondary education institutions considering inclusive options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Model Demos or "TPSIDs"
In 2010 the
US Department of Education awarded $10.9 million awarded $10.9 million for 28 "Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities" (TPSID) programs, also called "model demo" grants, for developing programs to support students with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) in postsecondary education (PSE). This included:
27 grants to create programs increasing opportunities for students with I/DD in higher education.
1 grant to create a coordination center to support the 27 TPSIDs, housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
The goals of TPSIDs are to:
Increase opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in higher education.
Provide individualized supports for inclusive experiences.
Components of the TPSIDs include:
Academics and instruction
Work-based learning and internships
For more information about TPSIDs go to the
Think College website.
Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs (CTPP)
Federal CTPP designation allows students with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) to participate in federal financial aid programs like:
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG).
I've learned some things about myself at college like learning how to be organized. I also learned that to get a successful job you need an education. I've learned more about myself too. I've learned how to be more aware. I learned more about who I am as a person. I've learned how to be an independent and responsible person and I'm also learning to be more focused."-Grace