TOPS Program | Transition Services

Room 257 McCampbell Hall

1581 Dodd Drive

Columbus, OH 43210

Tel: (614) 685-3185

Fax: (614) 366-6373

Margo Vreeburg Izzo, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Contact via Email


Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

TOPS is recruiting!:

  • 2015 - 2016 Academic Year Session [Application] Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and acceptance will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Shannon Prince with any questions with any questions regarding completion of application
  • Summer 2015 Residential College Orientation and Transition Assessment (COTA) Program [Application] [Flyer]

Ohio State University Nisonger Center TOPS program Celebrates its first commencement [link to article from the Lantern]

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

The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center delivers 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.

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