Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education

To support model demonstration programs that promote the successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities into higher education.



Funds also will support a coordinating center for institutions of higher education that offer inclusive comprehensive transition and postsecondary
programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

An institution of higher education (IHE) shall use grant funds to establish a model comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities that 1) serves students with intellectual disabilities, 2) provides individual supports and services for the academic and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the IHE s regular postsecondary program, 3) provides a focus on academic enrichment, socialization, independent living skills, including self-advocacy, and integrated work experiences and career skills that lead to gainful employment, 4) integrates person-centered planning in the development of the course of study for each student with an intellectual disability participating in the model program, 5) participates with the coordinating center established under section 777(b) of the Higher Education Act, as amended, in the evaluation of the model program, 6) partners with one or more local education agencies to support students with intellectual disabilities participating in the model program who are still eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 7) plans for the sustainability of the model program after the end of the grant period, and 8) creates and offers a meaningful credential for student with intellectual disabilities upon the completion of the model program.

The coordinating center will provide recommendations related to the development of standards, provide technical assistance and evaluations for model demonstration programs.

The center will assist in the development, evaluation, funding, outreach, and continuous improvement of model transition programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of Higher Education or a consortia of IHEs are eligible for awards under this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Grant funds establish model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Funds also support a coordinating center that provides technical assistance,for all comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

Credentials/Documentation

Each IHE or consortia of IHEs desiring a grant under this program shall submit an application to the Department at such time, in such manner, and containing or accompanied by such information as the Department may reasonably require. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Each IHE or consortia of IHEs must submit an application covering a 5-year period to the Department of Education.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed for quality and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, and are scored by peer reviewers based on criteria included in the application package. The Department determines which applications will be funded based on the quality of the applications and the following factors: 1) providing for an equitable geographic distribution of grants, 2) providing grant funds for model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities that will serve areas that are underserved by programs of this type, and 3) giving preference to applicants that form a partnership with any relevant agency serving students with intellectual disabilities such as a vocational rehabilitation agency, integrate students with intellectual disabilities into housing offered to nondisabled students, or involve students attending the IHE who are studying special education, general education, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, or related fields in the model program.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended., Title VII, Part D, Section 767 and 777(b), 20 U.S.C 1140G.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. The estimated range of time need to approve/disapprove an application is usually 3 months after the deadline for submission.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Grants are awarded for a period of 5 years, subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. Grantees must provide matching funds for model transition programs, in cash or in kind, of at least 25 percent of the cost of the grant.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are made for up to 5 years, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grants funds are awarded by electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees must submit an annual performance report at such time, in such manner, and containing or accompanied by such information as the Department may reasonably require.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Report requirement will be included in grant award documents.

Report requirement will be included in grant award documents.

Report requirement will be included in grant award documents.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Grantees must maintain appropriate records pertaining to grant funds, compliance and project performance, for 3 years after the completion of activities for which the grant or subgrant funds were used. This documentation should be sufficient to establish fiscal accountability and facilitate an effective audit.

The administration of the discretionary grant program is governed by the statute and EDGAR (34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99).

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0201-0-1-502.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $11,000,000; FY 11 est $12,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not currently available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The administration of the discretionary grant program is governed by the statute and EDGAR (34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

James Davis, Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Into Higher Education, 1990 K Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Email: james.davis@ed.gov Phone: (202) 502-7802.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact the program office for information on selection criteria.



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