Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) Information


Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID)

What is a “TPSID project”?  TPSID projects are funded through the federal Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to facilitate development of model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs (CTP) with Institutes of Higher Education. Twenty-seven TPSID projects were funded; Kentucky’s Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP) is one of those. 

Comprehensive Transition Programs

What are “model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs” (CTP)?  CTPs are offered through Institutes of Higher Education (IHE).  Participating IHE’s serve students with intellectual disabilities (ID) and  provide individual supports and services for the academic and social inclusion of such students in academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the institution of higher education’s regular postsecondary program.  The program will focus on:  academic enrichment; socialization; independent living skills, including self-advocacy skills; and integrated work experiences and career skills that lead to gainful employment.  IHE’s will integrate person-centered planning in the development of the course of study for each student with an intellectual disability participating in the model program

Who are “students with intellectual disabilities”?  Students with intellectual disabilities are those who have cognitive disabilities and received special education in secondary school.   Examples of intellectual disabilities can include:  Down syndrome, autism and developmental disabilities.

What is the SHEP’s role?  SHEP’s overall responsibility is to assist the IHEs in implementing the CTP. Although the supports may vary from IHE to IHE, in general, the SHEP will assist IHE’s with completion of the CTP application, as well as assist interested students in applying to the CTP and inform them of financial aid that may be available to them under this program (e.g., Pell Grants, federal work-study).  The SHEP will provide professional development and technical assistance for faculty and staff and will collaborate with the IHE in development of the CTP certificate, assuring the above components are present.  Another important role of the SHEP will be to assure that each participating student has a college support team to assist the student in setting academic and other postsecondary goals, troubleshooting, and general advocacy of the student.

What is IHE role?  As part of the CTP, Institutions of Higher Education will continue to provide accommodations as needed to students registered with their Disability Supports Services office; will approve and/or work in conjunction with SHEP staff to create modified assignments that are tied to course content and specific career or life goals; and will in conjunction with SHEP, work with the National Coordinating Center to evaluate program components and recommend standards for these programs.

What are the benefits to the IHE?  IHE’s that choose to participate in comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs experience many benefits, including:  increased diversity for their campus; increased level of engagement for students wishing to act as tutors and/or peer mentors; and a unique service opportunity to reach out to include underserved individuals in higher education.

**IHE’s that wish to have a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program determined to be an eligible program for the Federal student aid programs, it must submit an updated Electronic Application for Approval to Participate in the Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs (E-App) to the Department (34 CFR 600.20). If your IHE is interested in applying to provide a CTP, please contact us:

Barry Whaley:

Project Director, Supported Higher Education Projectbenefits_button