TOPS Replication RFP 

Expanding Postsecondary Program RFP

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center received a grant from Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education (2015-2020) to expand postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities (ID), in accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008. Attached are an RFP and Quick Guide with the names of existing postsecondary programs that serve students with ID which may serve as models for new applicants.


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 expand high-quality, inclusive transition and postsecondary programs for students with ID that meet the intent of Governor John Kasich’s Employment First Executive Order. Under section 767(d)(6) of the HEA all grant recipients must partner with one or more local educational agencies (LEAs) to support students with ID who are or were recently eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).



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


For more information about Think College or Ohio’s Statewide Consortium, visit the following websites:


Submission of Applications by Mail or Electronically

If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), you must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date of February 3, 2017 to the Nisonger Center at the following address:


Analeisia Morgan Ohio State University Nisonger Center 257 McCampbell Hall 1581 Dodd Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43210-1257

Email applications as one PDF document to Analeisia Morgan at by February 3, 2017.

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.

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.