The Think College team at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), in partnership with Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the University of Massachusetts and Roxbury Community College, was just awarded an Investing in Innovation Grant (i3) from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will provide $2.375 million in research funds, focused around supporting young people with autism and intellectual disability as they transition from high school to college.
The grant will fund research of an inclusive dual enrollment transition model. This means that students with intellectual disability and autism, ages 18 to 22, will take college classes and work in their communities at the same time that they are finishing high school. The funding will also support ICI researchers and their partners to document the outcomes associated with an inclusive college experience for these youth.