The Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) was signed into law on August 14, 2008. The provisions of the HEOA authorize the following:
On June 30, 2010, the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, released a five- year federal grant application under the Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID). Programs funded under this grant were awarded up to $500,000 per year for five years.
The HEOA defines a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities as "A degree, certificate, or non-degree program that is-
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) partnered with the University of North Florida (UNF) and Lynn University to form the Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities and applied for this grant. The Consortium was notified on October 1, 2010 that it was one of 27 recipients of the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) grants. This Florida initiative is an outgrowth of the recommendations from the Governor's Commission on Disabilities, Education Sub-committee. The grant is funded for $421,000 a year for five years.
The primary objectives of this grant include:
These objectives will be accomplished through technical assistance and training of related program staff and IHE personnel, an annual symposium of stakeholders, and pilot demonstration sites designed to meet the unfunded support needs of students entering newly developed programs. The grant will enable Florida to expand college experiences like Project STING RAY (Students Transitioning Into the Next Generation, Recognizing Alternatives for Youth) through pilot demonstration sites that provide access for students with intellectual disabilities to postsecondary programs focused on academics and instruction, social activities, employment, and independent living.
The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant from the Office of Postsecondary Education,
United States Department of Education (2010-2011, CFDA 84.407A, P407A100034)