Postsecondary Education



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Vanderbilt University Dependents with Intellectual Challenges to Receive Tuition Benefit (UCEDD/LEND TN)

By Jan Read at Vanderbilt News

A Vanderbilt University sociology professor was looking for education options that her daughter, who has autism, could attend after high school, but suitable programs carried prohibitive price tags. Why, she wondered, couldn't she take advantage of Vanderbilt's popular benefit that helps pay college costs for the children of faculty and staff?



Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) Member Erik Carter Serves as Expert Speaker at Congressional Briefing

Changing post-school pathways of youth and young adults with severe disabilities was the focus of Erik Carter's presentation at a Congressional briefing, March 4, 2016, sponsored by the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (FIES). Carter, Ph.D., is professor of Special Education and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) member.



Federal Student Loan Discharge Actions

The Department of Education will work with the Social Security Administration to identify federal student loan borrowers with disabilities who may be eligible for a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) loan discharge.



First Certified People Planning Together (PTP) Trainers in Texas! (TX UCEDD)

Shelbi Davenport and Justin Deleon both valedictorians from their prospective PATHS program classes are candidates to become the first People Planning Together (PPT) certified trainers in Texas. The People Planning Together curriculum was developed by The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, an International organization that provides certification programs in an effort to offer training to people with a broad range of support needs. The Institute on Person Centered Practices which is a collaborative partnership between the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and the Center on Disability Studies at The University of Texas is providing the Mentor services and supports to training Justin and Shelbi. The Institute is a regional affiliate of The Learning Community that provides training for professionals, educators, managed care organizations, providers of services, family members and people with disabilities. PPT is tailored specifically to support people with disabilities to develop person centered plans.



AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016

AUCD signed onto a CCD letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016. The bill removes a tax penalty imposed on families whose student loans are forgiven due to the death or permanent disability of their child.



PATHS Graduate selected as the Ambassador for "Walk With Me" North Texas! (TX UCEDD)

Each year, Easter Seals North Texas chooses ambassadors from each service they provide to represent their program. This year, Darius Young was selected as an Ambassador. In 2015, Darius completed the Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) program at Texas A&M University located in College Station, Texas. He earned a Direct Support Professional certification, which enables him to assist others with disabilities.


Past Events

2015 AUCD Conference

2015 AUCD Conference  Copy to Calendar

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Thursday, November 19, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The 2015 AUCD Conference will be held at the Washington, DC, Renaissance Hotel.

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Related Links



Think College Publications

Newsletters, Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs

Think College Publications Think College! is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct research, training, and technical assistance for professionals, families, and students related to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities



The Postsecondary Education Research Center Project (PERC)

Information and Resources on College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities


Transition and Post-School Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Closing the Gaps to Post-Secondary Education and Employment

National Council on Disability Report

Research to Practice: Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Institute for Community Inclusion Brief

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center

Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities


The Next Step

Streaming video, also available for order.

The 19-minute video, "The Next Step," from the Texas DD Council presents personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools. See the videos on line; videos can also be ordered in DVD and VHS format.


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