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NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. During its OSEP-funded years, NCSET partnered with the following organizations also focused on the secondary education and transition of youth with disabilities:

Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD)

University of Minnesota

The Institute on Community Integration is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) whose mission is to improve the quality and community orientation of professional services and social supports available to individuals with disabilities and their families. The Institute's expertise and capacity include:

  • An organizational commitment and mission to employ and fully involve individuals with disabilities and family members in all of its programs and services.
  • An extensive network of positive relationships with state and local education, vocational rehabilitation, school-to-work, and workforce development agencies in the majority of the United States and its territories.
  • The capacity to conduct and translate research into practice in the areas of secondary education and transition services, assessment, accommodations, self-determination, school-to-work, health, community living, and others.
  • A well known national source of information on state assessment practices, accommodation strategies, accountability, and graduation policies through the work of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).
  • A productive and nationally acclaimed Publications and Dissemination Program.
  • Capacity and expertise in managing numerous national and multi-state/regional conferences/institutes and numerous multi-state/regional institutes on secondary education and transition services.
  • A nationally recognized faculty with comprehensive graduate and postdoctoral training programs that prepare leadership personnel in special education, general education, and related disciplines.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
PH: (612) 624-5659
FAX: (612) 624-9344

NCSET Staff at ICI

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports

Center on Disability Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

The National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES) is a Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) within the Center on Disability Studies (UCEDD) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Through NCSPES, the Center on Disability Policy Studies has established a national network of individuals and organizations. This network is critical in assisting the Center to achieve its goal to improve the access, participation, and performance of youth with disabilities in postsecondary education programs as well as to improve their successful participation in the labor force.

As a partner, NCSPES brings 17 years experience in sponsoring and conducting the Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities held in Honolulu each year. The conference is host to more than 1000 participants, providing a major regional policy forum, research to practice presentations in areas of national significance, as well as an opportunity to address cultural diversity and international issues.

NCSPES also sponsors numerous research to practice forums and institutes throughout the U.S. focusing on such topics as postsecondary education research, differentiated instruction, occupational outcomes, student support models in secondary schools, and preparation for postsecondary education. As a result of its experiences in providing technical assistance, training, and information dissemination to a wide range of national and international audiences, an extensive database of products, tools, and professional expertise has been compiled to support the Center's objectives.

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports
Center on Disability Studies
Hawaii University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities
1776 University Ave. UA 4-6
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822
PH: 808-956-5011
FAX: 808-956-7878

TransCen, Inc.

Rockville, MD

TransCen Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Rockville, Maryland, opened its doors in 1986 to support career and workforce development initiatives for youth with disabilities. Since that time, TransCen has been on the forefront of systems change efforts through development, implementation and evaluation of model school-to-work projects at the local, state, and national level. This organization is unique in that it operates local direct service programs as well as conducting research studies that have national impact. With offices in Maryland and California, TransCen has partnerships on a variety of levels, from individual classrooms to statewide systems so that youth are better prepared for successful postschool outcomes. Over 6,000 young people with disabilities have achieved employment experience as a direct result of TransCen initiatives.

TransCen has been affiliated with a broad range of career development and employment initiatives including the Marriott Foundation’s Bridges... From School-to-Work Program, the National Supported Employment Consortium led by Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rehabilitation Community Continuing Education Program for Community Rehabilitation Programs. TransCen operates the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region and continues to direct numerous research and demonstration projects designed to improve transition and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Staff at TransCen are highly qualified and diverse, bringing with them classroom, business, direct service, and research experience. This allows TransCen to develop a variety of tools and products that are both timely and practical. TransCen also provides customized technical assistance directly to school districts, human service agencies, parents, students, government agencies, advocacy groups, and business both nationally and internationally. Through its various projects, TransCen staff have designed and conducted hundreds of training seminars on topics related to employment, school-to-work transition, business partnerships, and disability-related legislation.

TransCen, Inc.
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20850
PH: 301-424-2002
TTY: 301-309-2435
FAX: 301-251-3762

Institute for Educational Leadership

Center for Workforce Development

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is a 35-year-old independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Five primary