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SUCCESS: UMBC Maryland’s First Four Year Postsecondary Education Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Nationally • Over 250 programs available • In 41states • 2-year: 38% • 4-year: 51% • Tech/Trade School: 12% • Residential Options 39%
Data Youths with ID who participated in postsecondary education were 26% more likely to exit the VR program with employment and they earned a 73% higher weekly income. Migliore, A. & Butterworth, J., 2008. Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities. DataNote Series, Data Note XXI. Boston, MA: Institute for Community Inclusion.
Value of Postsecondary Experience for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: • Enhanced employment outcomes • Opportunity to develop problem solving skills and independence • Ability to access adult learning opportunities and develop a desire for lifelong learning • Expanded social networks • Opportunity to connect learning to personal desired outcomes • Socially valued roles and experience
Federal Efforts The Higher Education Opportunity Act Amendments 2008 Allows students with ID attending Comprehensive Transition postsecondary programs (CTP) to be eligible for: • Pell Grants • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants • Federal Work-Study Programs
History in Maryland • Dual enrollment programs for18-21 to attend community college while in high school –NO 4 year post 21 program • Interest from parents in DC metro area due to George Mason University LIFE • Summer 2011 MDOD approached UMBC Shriver Center about a 4 year program
Criteria • Students must: • Be a full time resident of Maryland and have an intellectual disability • Have exited high school with a certificate, and be at least 21 and no older then 24. • Be able to read at a 3rd grade level (minimum requirement) • Have knowledge of basic mathematics and the ability to use a calculator • Have knowledge of basic keyboarding skills and the ability to use a computer • Exhibit conduct and behavior that are age appropriate • Have the ability to function independently for a sustained period of time • Have the ability to be successful in competitive employment situations • Have the desire and motivation to complete a postsecondary program • Have a willingness to complete all assignments with support
Additional Discussion • Designed for students who could not otherwise access higher education. • Does not result in credits or a degree • Intended for students with Down Syndrome and similar intellectual disabilities • First and possible second year are defined in terms of coursework but hope to allow individuals to select and engage in exiting classes in future years.
Funding • Original intent was that families would cover all costs • Families had limited time to save • Plan is to get approval as a Comprehensive Transition Plan to qualify for FAFSA • For current cohort, DDA is paying $8000 and DORS $2000 to cover the tuition and fees.* review of DDA Guidance • Families are responsible for transportation
Residential • Residential is an important component of the SUCCESS Program • Residential component creates the unique opportunity for independence to develop • Priority will be given to students whose families commit to the residential component • Cost of residential component is anticipated to be $20,000 or more. See the Housing Options Fact sheet for details. Not an upfront cost—payable over the course of the year and does include live in residential support staff. • Families need to understand there is NO FUNDING FOR RESIDENTIAL, nor will there be.
2012 Cohort • 6 students from Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. • All commuters • 9:45-4:00 pm Monday through Friday, follows UMBC Academic Calendar • Curriculum includes: First Year Seminar, Service Learning Project, On Campus Internship, Independent Living course, Health and Wellness, Personal Awareness
2013-2014 • Applications will be available in February 2013 • Students to be accepted on a rolling basis • Discuss with families now and encourage families to save and explore options such as 529 plans, • Residential component will be private pay. • Residential is critical in mastering independent living skills
Long term • Cohort of 6-8 per year, each cohort attends for 4 years and exits with certificate • Total of 32 students at UMBC at any given time • Ability to access Federal Financial Aid • On campus housing • Exploring potential career tracks, individualization and integration into existing courses of interest
Shrivercenter.org/SUCCESS For More InformationIncluding Costs, Curriculum, and FAQ’s
Families with questions should contact: Nan Brittingham: email@example.com For questions regarding DDA funding, contact: Sequaya Tasker, Coordinator of Children, TY and Aging Services, DDA, 410-767-8688 Sequaya.Tasker@maryland.gov
Jade Gingerich Director of Employment Policy MDOD 410-767-3660 firstname.lastname@example.org