Transtion. Success. Independence.

The TOPS Program at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center offers individuals ages 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities an unique opportunity to engage in Ohio State academic coursework and work experiences while developing independent living skills and participating in campus and community organizations, social activities, and events.

Please use the links below to find out more about the TOPS program.


Ohio’s Statewide Consortium: Increasing Employment Outcomes through Inclusive Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Purpose of the Program
This RFP is designed to expand and enhance the number of colleges and universities that deliver Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs (CTP) for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) across Ohio. These programs are located on college campuses and promote the successful transition to employment for students with ID who are seeking to continue academic, career and independent living instruction that results in competitive integrated employment. Grants awarded to institutions of higher education (or consortia of institutions of higher education and local education agencies) will provide students with ID with high-quality, inclusive transition, and postsecondary programs that meet the intent of Governor John Kasich’s Employment First Executive Order.

Institutions of Higher Education within Ohio including community/technical colleges, in partnership with local education agencies, are eligible to apply.

Program Highlights
Proposal Due Date: December 15, 2017
Award Date: January 20, 2018
Funding Period: April 1, 2018–March 31, 2020*
Three Levels of Awards:
1. Secondary program: This option serves students with ID who are still eligible for special education services: Maximum award $10,000 per year.
2. Blended program: This option serves both secondary and adult students with ID. Maximum award: $30,000 per year.
3. Adult program: This option serves students who exited high school and are no longer eligible for special education services: Maximum award $40,000 per year.

Available Funds: $100,000: $50,000 per year for a two-year period (2018–2020)*
Matching Funds: 25% of the federal costs ($3,750–10,000) is required per year per award from nonfederal funds (may include a percentage of staff salary that is donated-see page 5 for more information)

*Renewing Awards: Contracts will be renewed based on the availability of federal funds and progress towards scope of work for a maximum of two years. No-cost extensions may be granted through June 30, 2020.

Click here to download Request for Proposal Application

 For More Information contact: Margo V. Izzo, Ph.D,, 614-685-3190

Transition Services

257 McCampbell Hall
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

(T) 614-685-3185
(F) 614-366-6373

Program Director/Principal Investigator: Margaretha Izzo, Ph.D.