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Transition and Access Program (TAP)



Starting Fall 2012 -The Intellectual Advancement Center, the Special Education Program, and the School of Education are proud to introduce the Transition and Access Program (TAP) at the University of Cincinnati.

The program offers a 4-year, non-degree option for students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who want to actively engage in the full college experience, including participation in regular college classes, engaging in professional internships, and enjoying an active social life with friends. 

The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for all students who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus to achieve success with appropriate supports. Students who complete the program receive a certificate, and have training and experiences necessary for successful competitive employment.

The cost of the program will be comparable to all traditional UC students.

Basic Program Requirements:

  • Cognitive assessment with documented intellectual disability
  • Demonstrate interest and desire to pursue educational, employment and life experiences through post-secondary education
  • Basic academic skills (Third grade reading /math level preferred)
  • Ability to function independently for a sustained period of time
  • No significant behavioral or emotional problems that would impact school performance.

To request an application or for more information, contact Heidi Mendez:


Transition and Access Program Application (PDF)
Transition and Access Program Housing Application (PDF)
Transition and Access Program PrePost Teaching Application (PDF)


The University of Cincinnati has a vision of a world in which young adults with intellectual disabilities have the option of electing postsecondary education as part of their planning for transition from high school to the adult world. UC will be a world leader in creating an authentic, inclusive living-learning experience that builds career skills, academic achievement, personal responsibility, interpersonal competence, and a promising future for young adults with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities.

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