Postsecondary Programs for Students with I/DD

Why the Program is Needed

Widespread college attendance is a priority for the country.  Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) should have the opportunity to attend college.  However, higher education has little to no experience in providing college education experiences for students with I/DD.  There is a significant need for high quality, inclusive model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students I/DD which stress academic enrichment; socialization; independent living skills, including self-advocacy skills; and integrated work experiences and career skills that lead to gainful employment.

What it Does

This program supports grants to institutions of higher education to improve their ability to provide a quality postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. In October 2010, 27 Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSIDs) were funded. Grantees in the program develop innovative teaching methods and other strategies to enhance the skills and abilities of postsecondary faculty and administrators in working with students who have intellectual disabilities.  The Department of Education proposed in its 2012 budget to consolidate the TPSIDs into the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education(FIPSE).  Additional funding was requested for the FIPSEs but no funding was requested for the TPSIDs.

Authorizing Legislation

Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.  1140-1140d)

Recent Funding

$0 million in 2012 – consolidated in the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education
$6.7 million in 2011
$6.7 million in 2010
$6.7 million in 2009
$6.7 million in 2008
$6.8 million in 2007

For More Information

Department of Education Information Page