Think College

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

Recent Think College Publications
"Establishing Inclusive Postsecondary Education Opportunities: Tips for Effective Communication" provides tips for how to get an inclusive postsecondary educational initiative started at a college.

"A Dual Enrollment Postsecondary Education Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Winthrop Transition to College" describes a South Carolina program using person-centered planning to guide students in their selection of courses, employment settings, and recreational activities on campus.

"Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability" provides profiles of five postsecondary programs and learn about promising practices at each one.

Guest Blog Post by Meg Grigal and Deb Hart
Inclusive Higher Education: Its Time Has Come -- Check it out.

Upcoming Event
A Transition Coordinator Network (TCN) meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2013, from 8:30-3:30 in Wausua, WI. This meeting will include a report from state agencies as well as presentations on dual enrollment for students with disabilities and effective 18-21 year old program options. Learn more and register  here.

Upcoming Think College WI Steering Committee and Subcommittee Meetings
To view the meeting dates, times, and locations of the upcoming meetings,   click here.

Featured Student

In Wisconsin...

Emily, a sophomore in southern Wisconsin who loves to dance and is actively involved in her local 4-H chapter, wants to go to college.  She’s working towards a drivers’ license, plans to live independently after school, and wants to get married (preferably after finding a job, encourages her mom, Fairy). Read more here.

Watch a video of a previously featured student at her AmeriCorps placement.

Do you want to be a featured student? If so, contact us. We want to share the stories of students with intellectual disabilities who want to go to college and the stories of those who have had the opportunity to experience college.


Across the country...

Do you want to read about other students going to college? Check out this story about Silas, a student attending the Postsecondary Inclusion Partniship program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Kentucky.

Getting Started

Visit the national Think College website. This useful site includes a college database, webinars, videos, and a plethora of other information for individuals with intellectual disabilities, families, service providers, K-12 school staff, and college personnel.

Join listservs about postsecondary education to receive and share up-to-date information about college opportunities. The national Think College initiative recently began a listserv. Join by emailing join-thinkcollege@lists.umb.edu. To become a member of our state's listserv, email cooney@waisman.wisc.edu.

Students and family members thinking college should be sure to check out our Students & Families section for information on the benefits of college and how to start preparing now for postsecondary education.

Teachers and college instructors who want to learn strategies to prepare and support students in college should check out our Promising Practices section.

Individuals concerned about the costs of college may want to learn about national and community service as a path to college in our AmeriCorps section. Also, check out Ruby's Rainbow scholarships for students with Down syndrome interested in enrolling in higher education.


Last modified Tuesday, October 1st, 2013