The Adult Student Transition Education Program, more commonly known as A-STEP, began at Minot State University in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education. The Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) program provides colleges and universities federal grant funding and technical assistance enabling them to create or expand high quality, inclusive comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. A-STEP is an inclusive college program at Minot State University for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). A-STEP focuses on the development of students’ academic skills in their areas of interest, career skills and paid community employment, social skills, independent living skills and self-determination. A-STEP program addresses the development of:
• Academic skills in the individual student’s area of interest;
• Meaningful employment through career development and integrated work experiences;
• Independent living and self-advocacy skills; and
• Social relationships and recreation/leisure skills
A-STEP (Adult Student Transition Education Program) at Minot State University continues efforts to build sustainability for the program beyond the current federal grant which ends September 30, 2015.
Each year A-STEP and similar programs around the country submit information to show the participation and outcomes for students attending their programs. The Profile of Students in TPSID Programs developed by Think College, shares information about these programs. The goal of A-STEP and other TPSID programs is to help students become more independent, self-determined and gain skills to be successfully employed in their communities. According to the summary, from 2012-2013, 70% of TPSID students across the county were employed and/or participating in other career development activities while attending TPSID programs.
In the resource Financing Higher Education for Students with ID, Think College explains possible funding ideas for programs like A-STEP or more details may be found on the Think College website under the topic of Paying For College.
How can you help?
Share your support of A-STEP with local legislators and agency staff such as: ND Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Dept. of Human Services - Development Disabilities Division and the ND Dept. of Public Instruction.
Contact A-STEP to learn more and request a program application.
For more information please contact A-STEP project director at 800-233-1737 or 701-858-3578; or visit the Think College website at www.thinkcollege.net.
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