This year the first group of transition access students graduated from the University of Cincinnati. Students in the Transition Access Program are students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.

First Group of Transition Access Program College“I never thought I would be able to go to college, but it was my dream,” said 25 year old Arielle Bachrach.

The TAP program at UC  was launched in 2012, as part of the College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services. The four year on degree option is available for students with Downs Syndrome, autism, and other cognitive and developmental disabilities. Currently, 35 students are enrolled.

“We know that college is a way to continue education and support a better quality of life, income, self-determination, and vocational opportunities,” director Diane Clouse said. “Our students are accessing it, just in a different way.”

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