This webcast is two-fold. The webcast’s first part is focused on finding college options for students with intellectual disabilities. It includes a review of resources to help students and families to find the right fit, prepare for college, and pay for college. The webcast’s second part focuses on the Tennessee Alliance for Inclusive Higher Education and Tennessee resources to help students and families pay for college.
Attendees are welcome to reach out to Think College with any questions or resource needs. The best email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who asked about if the programs are specific to ID, they may find this list of autism support programs to be a helpful resource: https://can.softr.app/
Shelby Bates is a technical assistance specialist for Think College, focusing on supporting students and families in the transition to and through college and the development of state and regional alliances for inclusive higher education efforts. Prior to this position, she worked for Colorado’s Inclusive Higher Education Consortium, coordinating activities to increase awareness of college options for students with intellectual disabilities in the state. She is fueled by her experience growing up with a sibling with a disability.
Elise McMillian, an attorney, is the Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a Senior Associate with the VUMC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a faculty advisor for Next Steps at Vanderbilt. She was one of the founders of Next Steps at Vanderbilt and the Tennessee Alliance for Inclusive Higher Education. She is the parent of an adult with disabilities.