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
Currently the federal grant dollars are used to fund staff who manage the program, coordinate academics for students, help students find community employment, and hire and coordinate student peer mentors to support A-STEP students in all aspects of campus and community life. The federal grant funding ends September 30, 2015. To sustain the A-STEP program at Minot State University for current and future A-STEP students, continued funding is necessary. Additional funding may also make it possible to consider the possible expansion of similar programs at other North Dakota colleges and universities.
Across the nation there over two-hundred similar programs. Many of these programs have developed methods to utilize a combination of funding from sources such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Developmental Disabilities, Medicaid, Higher Education, and foundation dollars. To date, there are no new federal grant funds available to sustain A-STEP; to continue the program other funding is necessary.
You can help. If you are interested in sharing your support of A-STEP, consider the following opportunities:
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Adult Student Transition Education Program
Adult Student Transition Program 500 University Ave W Minot, ND 58707 (800) 233-1737