Increasing opportunities for inclusive postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities.
Welcome to the Think College Wisconsin website! Efforts are unfolding across the country to increase and expand upon postsecondary education options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In Wisconsin, the demand for college is growing and pockets of people across the state are discussing how to develop programs in their own communities. This website serves as a tool to inform, connect, and support people involved in these efforts. Explore the site, read the state plan, and register for the listserv. It's time to THINK COLLEGE.
News and Noteworthy
- Misty Parsley from Nashville, TN, and co-founder of the IDEAL program at Lipscomb University, presented at the Transition Academy on October 29-30, 2015. She graciously shared her resources on starting a program and ideas for preparing students (and families) for college. Check them out!
- Interested in developing a new college program? Consider these First Steps as you get started.
- Take a look at the Think College WI Funding Grid for ideas about how to cover the costs of college.
- College Bound: Postsecondary Education IS an Option for Students with Intellectual Disabilities is a comprehensive look at college for students with ID. Written for families, individuals with disabilities, and their teams, College Bound provides information about preparing for college while in high school, exploring college options, and paying for college. Please share this Wisconsin resource with others!
In the News
- Check out these news clips from Fox 11 Green Bay and channel3000.com and about an Edgewood College student in the Cutting Edge program!
- The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article called No Longer 'Falling off the Cliff' by David Perry about how the Think College movement is providing options for students with intellectual disabilities.
- Check out the current issue of Metro Parent for an article about Think College. Flip to page 26.
- Concordia University pilots a program this fall! Read about it here and check out an article published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: New Concordia University Program aims to help those with cognitive disabilities.
- Governor Walker visited Campus Connect at Madison College on June 16th! View a video clip from the press event during which Governor Walker states that he will put funds toward expanding college options in his next budget.
Tyler, who is set to graduate Fall 2014, is currently a student at Edgewood College through the Cutting Edge. Despite his long struggle against cancer, deciding whether or not to go to college was never a questions for Tyler. He always knew that it'd be important for him to experience "the college life." Read more here.
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To ask a question about college, email email@example.com. We welcome questions from anyone interested in college--high school and
college students, family members, teachers, and professors.
"Ask Abby is a way for students with disabilities to get their word out to others. Since I have experienced going through college with a disability myself, I want to help others be successful in college too. It's also important to want to help others discover their dreams. A first step can be thinking about going to college. So if you have questions regarding college, ask away!" --Abby Tessman, MCH Lend Trainee with Think College WI