Augustana University


Augie ACcess

Augie Access is an innovative Comprehensive Post-Secondary Transition Program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The 3 year-long program provides students with person-centered planning, specific training in transition skills, and social and academic supports that occur within the college experience to provide positive outcomes in terms of successful employment and independent living.  

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Missouri State University



Bear POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Work, Education and Resilience) at Missouri State University is a two and a half year inclusive college program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The program that was created to offer a post-secondary education opportunity to students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) transitioning out of high school.

The program starts in Spring Semester and extends five full semesters, not including summer, with graduation in May. Each cohort will include up to ten students who will live on campus and participate in academic coursework, internships and campus life. Bear POWER is highly focused on maintaining academic standards through modification of coursework and preparing students for employment upon graduation from the program.

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Northeastern State University


RiverHawks Scholars Program

Located in Tahlequah, OK, the RiverHawks Scholar Program at Northeastern State University is a four-year, fully inclusive certificate program for students with mild/mild moderate intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  The program is a residential program with our students living in campus housing and attending classes with traditional peers.  The RiverHawks Scholar Program focuses on helping students gain knowledge and enhance their capabilities in the following areas:

  • Independent Living

  • Social Skills

  • Academics

  • Career Development

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Ohio State University



The Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings (TOPS) Program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center offers individuals ages 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to engage in every aspect of campus life at The Ohio State University to prepare for competitive integrated employment.  Students earn a 2 or 4-year Workforce Development Certificate that focuses on 4 basic transition areas: Academics, Career Development, Independent Living, and Self-Determination. The TOPS program is a federally approved Comprehensive Transition Program, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited and supported by the Think College network.

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Saginaw Valley State University



ThinkCardinal is a pathway for students with an intellectual disability, as defined by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), to have an inclusive college experience at Saginaw Valley State University. All courses and co-curricular experiences offered to ThinkCardinal participants are open to all SVSU students. This program leverages a peer mentoring model to provide supports on campus where they are needed. Ultimately, our goal is to see students develop both personally and professionally, gain confidence in themselves and their skills, and establish a sense of community and support – many of the same goals we have for any college student.

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University of Central Missouri



The University of Central Missouri offers an outstanding program for young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities in a 2-year residential college experience. With a focus on building the knowledge and skills to transition from home to independent living, and from school to the workplace.

Parents say, "that their students become more independent than they ever thought possible".

THRIVE's mission is to empower students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be an independent, participating members of their communities.

The philosophy focuses on self-determination as exmplified by the six threads of the THRIVE program.

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University of Iowa



REACH (Realizing Educational And Career Hopes) Program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. UI REACH provides a Big 10 campus experience to empower young adults to become independent, engaged members of the community. Courses, campus life, and career preparation assist students in reaching their full potential. UI REACH offers alumni events and strives to maintain periodic contact with alumni to encourage them to become independent adults by utilizing the independent living and career-related skills they learned in the program.

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University of Kansas



KU Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE) is an inclusive postsecondary education program at the University of Kansas for students with intellectual disability. KU-TPE is a two-year non-degree seeking program that leads to a KU Career Development Certificate. Students take regular KU courses for credit, join student clubs and organizations, can live in KU Housing, and participate in paid and unpaid career internships.

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University of Missouri-Columbia



STRIVE is a post-secondary education program offering two semesters of non-credit employment skills development at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 18- to 25-year-olds with autism.  STRIVE participants will receive 300 hours of skill instruction, 60 hours of mentorship and up to 300 hours of work experience during the 10-month program. To prepare for employment, individuals receive direct skill instruction led by staff from the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, paid job experience, coached feedback, peer mentoring, and a parent liaison for caregivers.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City



Propel is a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Psychology.  It is made up of two separate programs available to high school students and young adults with intellectual developmental disabilities that allow students an opportunity to explore employment and education on a major university campus.

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University of Missouri-St. Louis



SUCCEED is designed to encourage and facilitate students to gain independence through academics, vocational experiences, and residential/student life. We use Person-Centered Planning to ensure that each student is working toward personal goals related to individual development and independence. Further, we recognize the importance of comprehensive communication and support and value the importance of partnering with families to ensure that each student develops self-determination skills. 

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