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NDCPD receives $1.4 million to help students with intellectual disabilities

Posted on 12/14/2010

NDCPD receives $1.4 million A-STEP grant

A new student population will begin their college experience at Minot State University in the fall semester 2011. Recently, the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities received a $1.4 million grant, spread over five years, from the U.S. Department of Education to develop the Adult Student Transition Education Program. A-STEP will provide inclusive postsecondary experiences for students with intellectual disabilities.

"A-STEP will open the doors to life-long learning and the benefits of higher education to North Dakota students with intellectual disabilities while maintaining the academic integrity of courses from Minot State and Dakota College at Bottineau," said Janet Green A-STEP project director.

Using a non-degree-seeking alternative pathway to employment, A-STEP will offer inclusive academic, social and employment experiences to students with intellectual disabilities. It will utilize person-centered planning for transition and employment, individualized services and supports, faculty training and ongoing support, peer tutoring and mentoring. A-STEP students will participate in a combination of courses from the institutions' undergraduate catalogs, typically audit or non-credit courses, and specially designed classes to build the students' skills in independent living, social interaction and employment activities.

"My admiration is high for the NDCPD team in developing this grant proposal," said Brent Askvig, NDCPD executive director. "Only 27 grants were funded nationwide, so we were very fortunate in our award."

For more information and to get involved, contact Green at 858-4473 or

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