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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

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Think College Vermont is an initiative of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI), within the College of Education and Social Services (CESS), at the University of Vermont (UVM). CDCI has been a leader in the area of inclusive education for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for over 30 years. As education and community inclusion for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities expands, so does the need for post-secondary education for this population. In 2010, CDCI was awarded a five-year grant from the United States Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, and CDCI was awarded $1.3 million. This grant seeks to provide academic, social, living, and employment options for students with intellectual disabilities at UVM and, through a subgrant award to Johnson State College.

The purpose of this website page is to provide information for institutions of higher education in Vermont, as they seek to build opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities on their campuses.

We look forward to a future where students with intellectual disabilities have many college options in Vermont; thus, the ability to pursue their interests and dreams. Our students are teaching us that they can be successful in academic classes along-side their peers without disabilities. Their successes demonstrate their commitment to learning and their dreams of becoming full members of their communities.

Please explore our website and visit our campus. We would love to hear more about other college programs for students with intellectual disabilities that exist in Vermont, or are beginning to join us in the pursuit of equal opportunities for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

            Photo of Susan Ryan Sincerely,
            Susan Ryan, Ph.D.
            Principal Investigator, Think College Vermont
            (TPSID grant #P407A100016)
            Executive Director, The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion

Helpful Links:

  • Think College @UMass, Boston: Think College Standards for Inclusive Postsecondary Education
  • PERC Online: Transition To College
  • TransCen, Inc: non-profit for inclusive education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities
  • Secondary School Programs and Performance of Students with Disabilities: This report, from the National Center for Special Education Research, uses data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) to provide a national picture of what courses students with disabilities took in high school, in what settings, and with what success in terms of credits and grades earned.

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