Welcome to the Think College NY Ning!

Welcome!  The Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester invites you to join this Ning page. This page grew out of a project funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. We hope this space can serve as a venue for conversations about postsecondary education for students with disabilities.  

Here at the Institute for Innovative Transition, we are proud to support inclusive higher education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  To that end, through the TPSID grant, the Institute for Innovative Transition organized the Western New York College Consortium, a consortium of four Rochester-area institutions of higher learning:

University of Rochester
Keuka College
Monroe Community College
Roberts Wesleyan College


We believe that the door to postsecondary education should be open to all students, and are invigorated about the wonderful initiatives happening all across New York and the United States.  

To students, we would love to hear about your experiences in postsecondary education.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, experiences, and questions here.

To educators, families, and providers, we look forward to learning about your programs, experiences, ideas, and resources you've found helpful.  Thanks for joining the conversation!  

Important Websites for Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

1. The Institute for Innovative Transition at University of Rochester



2. Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston


3. The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University  



If you have a website you would like to add to this list, please email catherine_branch@urmc.rochester.edu. 



Federal Financial Aid for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in College Programs

Did you know that the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act allows students with ID enrolled in approved Comprehensive Transition Programs (CTPs) to be eligible for federal financial aid? Students with ID who meet eligibility requirements can take…Continue

Started by Institute Innovative Transition Feb 4.

Inclusive College Programs in New York State

We have compiled a database of inclusive college programs in our state.  The database contains specific information about each program, the types of courses, instruction, and support they offer, and contact information.  Let us know if you know of…Continue

Started by Institute Innovative Transition Feb 4.

Introductions Discussion

I thought it might be a good thing to add an introductions discussion. I'm Mark Williams, Web/IT Coordinator for the Institute for Innovative transition. I maintain the IIT website and Facebook and I'm always looking to promote good initiatives…Continue

Started by Mark Williams Dec 20, 2013.

New Think College Story

new story of self-determination from Think College http://www.thinkcollege.net/images/stories/TC9_vanessa.pdfContinue

Started by Mark Williams Nov 22, 2013.

Blog Posts

The Job Search: Transitioning from College to the Work force

Posted on July 24, 2012 by NCWD Youth
In today’s blog, one of our summer interns who recently graduated from college shares her tips for youth about preparing for life after college.


Posted by Institute Innovative Transition on July 27, 2012 at 2:32pm

Museum of disABILITY History

The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities.



Posted by Mary Van Haneghan on February 2, 2012 at 1:55pm

NYS' Proposed 1115 People First Waiver presentation

The Autism Council of Rochester is hosting a presentation on the 1115 Waiver to families, caregivers, and community

The Autism Council of Rochester  Family Support Speaker Series


Jeff Sinsebox, President – PRALID, Inc.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012…


Posted by Colleen Dox-Griffith on January 9, 2012 at 11:36am


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