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  1. What is the purpose of the Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students With Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) Coordinating Center?
  2. Who is eligible to apply for a grant under this program?
  3. How many awards are allowed under this program?
  4. What types of grant activities are allowed under this program?
  5. What is the duration of the grant that is awarded under this program?
  6. What is the average annual grant amount?
  7. Does this program have matching requirements?
  8. What are the reporting requirements for grantees?
  9. Does this program have any priorities?
  10. What are the performance measures for the TPSID Coordinating Center?

1. What is the purpose of the Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students With Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) Coordinating Center?

The TPSID Coordinating Center is established through a cooperative agreement between the Department of Education and institutions of higher education (IHEs) that offer inclusive comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities, including institutions participating in grants authorized under the Transition Programs for Students with Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) Program. The TPSID Coordinating Center will provide technical assistance to IHEs that offer comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities and will work with these programs to evaluate program components and recommend standards for such programs.

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2. Who is eligible to apply for a grant under this program?

Institutions of higher education; specifically, an entity or a partnership of entities that has demonstrated expertise in the fields of—

  1. higher education;
  2. the education of students with intellectual disabilities;
  3. the development of comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities; and evaluation and technical assistance.
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3. How many awards are allowed under this program?

One.

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4. What types of grant activities are allowed under this program?

The TPSID Coordinating Center will: build the knowledge base around evidence-based components of comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs by designing protocols, and collecting, storing and analyzing and reporting on program components and outcomes; provide technical assistance and disseminate information to all comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs, including those funded under the Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students With Intellectual Disabilities Program (TPSID Program - CFDA# 84.407A); and will serve as a leader in coordinating communication strategies about comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs.

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5. What is the duration of the grant that is awarded under this program?

The 2010 grant that was awarded under this program has a grant performance period of five years.

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6. What is the average annual grant amount?

The TPSID Coordinating Center is authorized to receive up to three percent of the TPSID Program’s appropriation. In 2010, the first year of the TPSID Program, the TPSID Coordinating Center received $330,000 or three percent of the TPSID Program's $11,000,000 appropriation.

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7. Does this program have matching requirements?

No.

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8. What are the reporting requirements for grantees?

Grantees are required to submit performance reports annually, as well as a final performance report.

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9. Does this program have any priorities?

Yes. The absolute priority for this program is based on a framework that includes:

  1. knowledge development and evaluation;
  2. technical assistance and dissemination; and
  3. leadership and coordination. The TPSID Coordinating Center is expected to build the knowledge base around comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs developed by other federal investments including the Center for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute in Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the Consortium for Postsecondary Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, a National Training Initiative of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
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10. What are the performance measures for the TPSID Coordinating Center?
  1. The percentage of recipients that have grants authorized under the TPSID program that meet Department-approved, center-developed standards for necessary program components reported across each standard; and
  2. The percentage of students with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in programs.

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