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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
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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 work areas form the focus of IEL's major initiatives:

  1. Developing Leaders
  2. Strengthening School-Family-Community Connections
  3. Connecting and Improving the Systems that Support Children and Youth
  4. Governing
  5. Improving Preparation for Work

IEL established the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) in 1991 to help leaders in both the public and private sectors build bridges that connect individuals with both learning institutions and the workplace.

The strength of the CWD lies in its deep knowledge of workforce development systems in the U.S., its substantial experience at the local, state and national levels, and its extensive familiarity with broad-based consensus building efforts. A recent example of this consensus building capacity is the work of the CWD and the American Youth Policy Forum, which recently sponsored over 50 organizations in a consensus building effort to identify successful research to practice elements of the 1994 School-to-Work legislation. CWD’s publication, "Looking Forward: School to Work Principles and Strategies for Sustainability" was deemed so significant that federal officials printed and disseminated the publication nationwide.

Institute for Educational Leadership
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 310
Washington, DC 20036
PH: (202) 822-8405
FAX: (202) 872-4050

PACER Center

Minneapolis, MN

PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is a nonprofit statewide parenting center located in Minnesota. The majority of PACER's staff and board members are parents of children with disabilities; PACER staff also includes broad-based coalitions with parents representing diverse, multicultural perspectives. PACER offers 21 major programs for students and schools, and technical assistance to other parent centers both regionally and nationally.

On a national scale, PACER Center coordinates the Technical Assistance Alliance for Parents which provides technical assistance to federal funded parent centers throughout the U.S. PACER Center also manages FAPE (Family and Advocate Partnership in Education), one of the four OSEP funded partnership projects. PACER's TATRA Project (Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act) provides technical assistance to parent training projects funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

As a major developer and disseminator of information that impacts students with disabilities and their families, PACER Center reaches more than 95,000 individuals and organizations 3 times a year through its "Pacesetter Newsletter." During the 2002/2003 fiscal year, PACER's Web site received over 378,000 visitors from more than 80 countries, and PACER's state, national, and partnership projects provided training on critical disability and special education issues to more than 35,000 parents and professionals. PACER Center uses its extensive information and dissemination capacities and resources to substantially contribute to the NCSET objectives aimed at disability issues that impact students with disabilities and their families, including outreach to minority parent groups nationwide.

PACER Center
8161 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55437-1044
PH: (952) 838-9000
Toll-free 1-800-537-2237
TTY: 952-838-0190
FAX: (952) 838-0199

National Association of State Directors of Special Education

The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) works with states and other organizations on a variety of issues related to special education. Its Project Forum has supported state and federal information exchange for more than 20 years and has a variety of projects including the development and dissemination of In-depth Syntheses, Synthesis Briefs, and Quick-Turn-Arounds on topical disability issues. All of these materials are disseminated to a broad audience at the state, regional and local levels. In addition, NASDSE’s Policy Makers Partnership (PMP) is one of four linked projects funded by Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that gives NASDSE access to thousands of individuals affiliated with more than 40 organizations.

Through its many projects, its membership of State Directors of Special Education, and its knowledge of programs, policies, researchers and practitioners, NASDSE is uniquely situated to identify and partner with many organizations and individuals that NCSET will include in its national resource coordination activities.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education
1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 320
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
PH: (703) 519-3800
TDD: (703) 519-7008
FAX: (703) 519-3808

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

U.S. Department of Education

(Original Funding Source)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition was originally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, cooperative agreement #H326J000005.

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