Coppin State University Receives Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Grant

Published Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The $250,000 Grant Will Increase Inclusion In Higher Education

Baltimore, MD (June 10, 2018)—Coppin State University is the only university in the State of Maryland to receive a grant from the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) designed to create an inclusive higher education opportunity for students with developmental disabilities. The Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) office announced the news in May.

Coppin State University will work with Think College; a national organization dedicated to, “developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with disabilities.”

According to a press release, Governor Hogan said, “Creating inclusive higher education opportunities for students with developmental disabilities that focus on both education and employment is incredibly important. Our administration is proud to work with the Developmental Disabilities Administration, Think College, and Coppin State University on this endeavor.”

Collectively, Coppin State University and Think College plan to provide students with disabilities access to inclusive academic courses, internships, housing, with the goal of creating sustained employment. Students enrolled in the program should experience the same benefits and outcomes as their peers without disabilities.   

Janet Spry, Coppin State University’s professor and director of the Office of Disabilities Support Services submitted the grant and was ecstatic to receive the news about the award. She says that every person has received help and support along the way.

The award of this inclusive grant follows a trend in state and federal agencies funding opportunities in higher education for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Currently, there are roughly 250 diverse programs throughout the nation’s community colleges and four- year universities.

The Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Inclusive grant at Coppin State University is open to residents of Maryland who fulfill the criteria.

 

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