Transition. Success. Independence.

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

The OSU TOPS Program (YouTube Video)


The TOPS Program is one of Ohio’s Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs designed to support students with IDD who want to continue academic classes, career development, and independent living instruction at an institution of higher education in order to prepare for gainful employment.

Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs in OH Policy Brief (PDF)


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) has recognized Ohio State with four consecutive “Employer Partner of Inclusion Awards” for our commitment to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace and for being a leader of diversity and inclusion best practices in Ohio (October, 2020).


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.