BRIDGE to Successful Transition Outcomes for Students with High Support Needs

The Texas Center for Disability Studies is partnering with the Department of Special Education, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work on a federally funded project, BRIDGE to Successful Transition Outcomes for Students with High Support Needs.

The BRIDGE Project addresses the documented need to improve transition to adulthood outcomes and academic success for children with significant developmental disabilities and complex communication needs through interdisciplinary practice. The primary objective of BRIDGE Project is to train Master’s level personnel from three related services (SLP, SW, ABA) to provide quality services to children transitioning from the public schools to adulthood. Upon program completion, these highly trained professionals will have expertise and specialized knowledge in transition service delivery using interdisciplinary practices. In addition to their existing Master’s level programs, scholars will develop knowledge and skills via a combination of specialized scholar coursework about teaching children with significant disabilities, participation in a student-centered transition planning team, and a high-quality practicum in a community setting with children ages 12-21 and/or interdisciplinary services.

  •  Interested in learning how to support middle/high school students to improve adult outcomes for students with high support needs and applying your skills in an interdisciplinary team setting?
  • Want to get your tuition paid AND receive a living stipend for your three semesters ($6000/yr) while in your Master’s program?

Students who have been admitted to the Master program in the School of Social Work, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department or the Autism and Developmental Disabilities program (BCBA track) in the Department of Special Education for 2020-21 are eligible to apply.

If you have been admitted to one of these programs for 2020-21 and are interested in applying, please email for an application. You may also contact Nina Zuna with questions