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									Dear (Insert Legislator’s Name)                                   Date

In October of 2010, 27 Model Demonstration Projects called Transition Programs for Students with
Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education, or TPSIDs, and a TPSID National Coordinating
Center were funded to fulfill Congress’s intent to develop inclusive college options for students with
intellectual disabilities as authorized under Title VII, Part D of the Higher Education Act (P.L 110-315).

In 2010-2011 these 27 TPSID projects served 507 students with intellectual disabilities in 23 states,
throughout the country including our state of {fill in state name and IHE where TPSID is}. We anticipate
that over 6000 students with intellectual disabilities will be served by these projects by the year 2015.

The work of the TPSID National Coordinating Center, has developed a valid and reliable evaluation
framework to demonstrate the effectiveness of these programs and the use of public dollars to support
them. The TPSID National Coordinating Center is conducting the first ever rigorous longitudinal
evaluation of the TPSID projects to identify and disseminate evidence-based practices to a wide
array of key stakeholders and institutes of higher education via a broad national network.

These programs are crucial because students with intellectual disability are the least likely to go to
college or become employed after leaving high school. However youth with intellectual disability
who participate in postsecondary education are 26% more likely to exit their vocational
rehabilitation program with employment and earn a 73% higher weekly income.

In the first year of funding the TPSID programs provided access for 357 students with intellectual
disability to 1,567 college courses and secured paid employment for 165 students. Nearly half (43%)
of these individuals had never had a paid job prior to entering the TPSID Program. Eliminating
these funds would end the hope of college for ALL of these current students, and all future students,
relegating them once more to a life of poverty and unemployment.

There are students and families who have made their life plans (and in some cases moved their families)
to attend these TPSID programs. They will have the rug pulled out from under them. In some cases
these programs offer them the only hope of escaping the existing outcomes of sheltered work or
unemployment.

As an occupational therapy practitioner, I know this funding has been germane to improving the quality
of life of YOU CONSITUENTS in Ohio who have an intellectual disability and their families. Please
support these current students, and all future students, so they can have a meaningful and productive life
contributing to their community.


Please continue to PROTECT level funding for the Transition Programs for Students with
Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) and the National Coordinating Center in the
2012/13 Budget.

								
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