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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 Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 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. In addition to their existing Master’s level programs, scholars will develop knowledge and skills via specialized coursework, 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 receive tuition for three semesters (up to a total of $17,270 in state and up to $32,200 out of state tuition) AND receive a living stipend across three semesters ($6000 over course of one year) while in your Master's program?

Students who have been admitted to the Master program in the School of Social Work, the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department or the Autism and Developmental Disabilities program (BCBA track) in the Department of Special Education for 2023-24 are eligible to apply.

If you have been admitted to one of these programs for 2023-24 and are interested in applying, please email for an application. You may also contact Nina Zuna with questions