Thursday, June 12, 2014

Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Jeopardy

The Senate Labor-Health & Human Services (L-HHS) Subcommittee marked up their fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations bill this week and appropriated $12.718 million for the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) program, a program that NDSS fully supports!

We still need your help! Please contact members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee (using the "Take Action" link below) to ensure that the funding for the FY 2015 TPSID program is included in the Senate full-committee appropriations bill (scheduled for Thursday, June 12th) and in the House L-HHS appropriations bill.

NDSS feels strongly that students with Down syndrome and other disabilities should have access to postsecondary education, and the resulting employment and independent living opportunities.

Congress must support the TPSID program and NCC to ensure that thousands of students with intellectual disabilities have meaningful transition options into postsecondary education that leads to academic, career and independent living training, and employment.

You can read more on NDSS postsecondary education initiatives here.

Thank you for all you do!

Ginny Sessions
Manager, Grassroots and Development Programming
National Down Syndrome Society


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