SU program that helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities gets $2 million

From the The Daily Orange: “The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University has been awarded a $2 million grant to further develop its InclusiveU program.

InclusiveU is an initiative to increase access to higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program at SU aims to become a model for other universities, said Beth Myers, director of the Taishoff Center.

The grant for InclusiveU is funded by the United States Department of Education’s Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities program, according to an SU News release.

The grant will go toward the development of programs and research for national use through the InclusiveU program, according to the release.”

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Disability Scoop: Feds Aim To Help College Students With Disabilities

From Disability Scoop: “Federal officials are looking to add new resources to support students with disabilities pursuing higher education.
The U.S. Department of Education said it plans to fund a new National Center for Information and Technical Support for Postsecondary Students With Disabilities.
This center would ‘provide technical assistance and information on best and promising practices for students with disabilities as they transition to or attend postsecondary education,’ the Education Department said in a notice published in the Federal Register announcing the funding availability.”

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The Opportunity Project: a micro-documentary series – Institute for Innovative Transition

From the Institute for Innovative Transition: “Here at the Institute for Innovative Transition, we believe it is important to increase positive images of people with disabilities in the media. At times, disability is presented as a deficit, as something to struggle against. We believe that disability can be seen as an asset if given the chance to be framed positively. As such, we are creating a series of micro-documentaries: 7-8 minute short films centered around one young person with an intellectual and developmental disability building a positive, self-determined, satisfying adult life.”

Read more: The Opportunity Project: a micro-documentary series – Institute for Innovative Transition.


U of R Transition Opportunities: Encouraging and motivating students with disabilities

From the University of Rochester Campus Times: “An individual born with a mental disability is faced with many obstacles, many of which the majority cannot understand. Social stigmas against the disabled these individuals create the widespread idea that these individuals cannot succeed as much as their peers, an idea that often becomes internalized.

Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR) looks to help integrate disabled students into a the college environment. Similar programs have been developed on campuses across the country to promote increased involvement and participation.

The philosophy of the TOUR program is to give students with disabilities additional support and resources that they need to succeed.

‘I started to research into how I could help students with disabilities to have the opportunity to have the college experience as a more open and accessible option to them,’ Warner School of Education graduate and Director of TOUR Catherine Branch Lewis said. ‘We all have the opportunity to change the world, and I think anyone and everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from everything that is offered here at the U of R.'”

Learn more about this program via UR Transition Opportunities: Encouraging and motivating students with disabilites | Campus Times.


White House Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants

Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training TAACCCT competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

The grants will provide community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to partner with employers to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that will help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in industries like information technology, health care, energy, and advanced manufacturing.

In NY, the Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC) project will increase access and enrollment for youth and young adults with disabilities in Career and Technical programs aligned with high-growth industries and occupations.  The project will leverage the State University of New York T.E.A.M. Educational Pathways grant funded in Round II of TAACCCT, which offers employer-validated curriculum, fast-track developmental education, prior learning assessments, and work-based learning partnerships, to expand opportunities for students with disabilities. They will also strengthen the continuum of education and training with multiple “on- and off-ramps” by leveraging the networks, resources, and programs developed through the TAACCCT Advanced Manufacturing project, including the new Advanced Manufacturing Certificate, which was completed with active participation of employers and approved by New York State Education Department for launch in fall 2014.

Learn more via FACT SHEET: Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants | The White House.