Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium Request for Proposals (RFP) Announcement
CLD and the Georgia Inclusive Post-secondary Education Consortium (GaIPSEC) are pleased to announce two requests for proposals (RFP) to further grow opportunities for inclusive post secondary education (PSE) in the state of Georgia. Funds were made available for these grants through the Georgia legislature, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and the Georgia Council for Developmental Disabilities (GCDD).
Inclusive PSE opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are becoming ever more available in the U.S. Georgia has unfortunately been among the states slower to develop inclusive PSE experiences for students with IDD. Currently Georgia has one program, the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Academy for Inclusive Learning that serves sixteen students in total.
The Inclusive Post-secondary Education Implementation Grant, totaling $30,000, is for colleges and universities to plan and launch an inclusive post-secondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Inclusive Post-secondary Education Feasibility Grant, totaling $5,000, is for colleges and universities to examine the feasibility of offering an inclusive post-secondary education program on their campus. Schools awarded these grants will have November 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014 to implement programming.
Members of the GaIPSEC are working to create opportunities for Georgia students with IDD to experience college with their peers, to participate in curricular and extra-curricular options, and to learn critical skills related to employment. These grants are a major step in increasing these opportunities for young adults across our state. Susanna Miller, Community Outreach Specialist at CLD says, ”We are excited that the Georgia legislature, DBHDD, and GCDD stepped up in such an important way to financially support inclusive PSE in Georgia. We are at a turning point in Georgia for support students with IDD after leaving high school, and I’m hopeful we’ll be able to keep this momentum going and grow these options for students in Georgia.”
The complete RFPs and support document can be found by clicking the following links:
There have been several question in regards to the RFPs that were sent out. We have created a webpage that I will post the questions and answers to for public viewing. The webpage is http://gaipsec.weebly.com/rfp-faqs.html.
Further questions and concerns may be submitted in writing to:
Center for Leadership in Disability
Georgia State University
[email protected] (email)