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TOPS Program | Transition Services

Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

TOPS is recruiting!:

  • 2015 - 2016 Academic Year Session [Application] (Application deadline has been extended to February 28th, but additional enrollment will be determined on a selective case-by-case basis. Please contact Shannon Prince with any questions regarding completion of application or due date.)
  • Summer 2015 Residential College Orientation and Transition Assessment (COTA) Program [Application] [Flyer]

OSU Students: learn more about service learning/internship opportunities with the TOPS program and how to apply.

The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center is piloting a college program for students with intellectual disabilities called TOPS (Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings). The focus of TOPS is to empower students to become self-determined adults by providing them college experiences including participation in college classes, internships, employment, and campus social life that are customized to each student's interests and needs.

Students in TOPS receive instructional support through “educational coaches,” employment support through “job coaches” and daily living/recreational support through “life skill coaches.” Students receive career counseling and job development supports that are necessary for successful inclusion in the campus community.

Through a vast network of supports including families, OSU students, faculty, and professionals, the TOPS program has developed into an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to experience college, participate in academics, build independent living skills, and gain experience and employment. This video reflects the dreams of all involved with TOPS.

The TOPS program is not a degree granting program but a catalyst for employment and/or a bridge to degree granting programs.


The TOPS Program is sponsored by The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and is funded through a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, grant #P407A100039.