The Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester has received a $150,000 grant toward college-based initiatives for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York.
The grant, awarded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, will support initiatives that develop and facilitate a statewide learning community to evaluate and promote promising practices that engage students with disabilities in inclusive postsecondary opportunities, officials said.
The Institute for Innovative Transition is a partnership of the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation and the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Martha Mock, director of the Institute for Innovative Transition who holds joint appointments at the UR Warner School of Education and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s department of pediatrics, will lead the effort to conduct statewide learning experiences and training, use online education and communities of practice, and assess the needs of New Yorkers, officials said.
“The institute’s mission is to model best practices in transition,” Mock said. “This new initiative will help us to expand the inclusive college-based options available but also allow us to take a look at what others are doing and to do it in a more inclusive way.
“Ultimately, our goal is to improve the number of quality inclusive postsecondary programs in order to meet the current and future needs of students with disabilities and their families, as well as to serve as models for higher education institutions establishing new initiatives.”
The two-year grant aims to create a statewide focus on postsecondary inclusion through a series of learning events, an expanded Web resource center and information gathering and dissemination.
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