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Grants will go towards creating new inclusive higher education programs and expanding opportunities at current programs for students with intellectual disabilities
NASHVILLE—The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) announced today that it will award the first Tennessee Believes grant funding to four higher education institutions across the state. 
Tennessee State University and Dyersburg State Community College will receive funding to create two new inclusive programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities on their respective campuses.  Funding was also awarded to Next Steps at Vanderbilt University and the FUTURE Program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to create new opportunities for students.
“These higher education institutions demonstrated innovation and enthusiasm for providing increased opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the state,” DIDD Commissioner Brad Turner said. “I’m excited to see firsthand how students will adapt to campus life while preparing for independence and employment.”
DIDD received $500,000 from the Governor and Tennessee General Assembly to launch the program.  The department will provide multi-year grants up to three years to selected colleges and universities as requested in their applications. 
The awards are as follows:
“We know that inclusive higher education not only benefits the students who participate in the program, the entire student population benefits,” Turner said.  “Providing more opportunities in both our rural and urban areas will help ensure that higher education is accessible for any student with IDD who has the desire to pursue it.”
DIDD received a total of nine applications from state institutions for the Tennessee Believes program.  The funding will be awarded to the four schools in the coming weeks.  Details of in-person check presentations are forthcoming. 
Learn more about Tennessee Believes here:
About the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) is the state agency responsible for oversight of services and support to Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Every day, the department strives to support approximately 12,000 people to live rewarding and fulfilling lives through Medicaid waiver Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), state operated ICF/IIDs, and the Family Support Program. DIDD also provides services to children ages birth up to age three with disabilities or developmental delays through the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS), and children under the age of 18 with disabilities or complex medical needs through the Katie Beckett Program. The department supports all Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the lives they envision for themselves by ensuring people are free to exercise rights, engage with their broader communities and experience optimal health. DIDD is the first state service delivery system in the nation to receive Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership.  It has also been recognized as a national leader in its efforts to increase competitive, community-based employment outcomes for people with disabilities and its commitment to enhancing independence through Enabling Technology. 



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