College: Continuing and Higher Education
Whether your child is 14 and you are just beginning to consider the dreaded
"C" word ("C" is for College), or you are a tireless self-advocate
who is determined to take the next logical step up in your life (the "C"
word again), this page is for you.
Quick Guide to Accommodations on the SAT for Students with Disabilities. Here is a quick guide to accommodations on the college boards (SATs). Wrightslaw research editor, Sue Whitney, provided the information in this Quick Guide to Accommodations on the SAT.
Your Child For College: A Resource Book for Parents
College Planning for Students with Learning Issues. Is college the best choice for your teen with a learning disability? Check out these expert guidelines for making an informed decision about postsecondary education.
Navigating Admissions with a Learning Disability. Here are seven things parents of college-bound students with learning challenges should start doing right away.
EducationPlanner is your one-stop career and college planning site. Offers information to research careers, choose a postsecondary school, apply on-line, and find ways to finance your education.
Transition to College and Work for Teens. You'll find good information needed to make the right transitional decisions on this site from NCLD Info Zone, including useful tips, key websites, and in-depth research reports.
Transition to College: Strategic Planning to Ensure Success for Students with Learning Disabilities. Making plans for the future and knowing where you're going allows you to design the steps that will take you to your destination. As a parent, it is important to encourage your child to learn what he or she needs to know about college in order to plan a successful transition. This Parent Advocacy Brief can help you understand the requirements and opportunities included in the law so that you can successfully plan and help your child prepare for his or her future.
Parents Guide to Transition to College, Career, and Community. This article will increase your knowledge and provide tools to help you prepare for your child’s transition from K-12 education to postsecondary education and life as a young adult.
Workforce Recruitment Program. A joint program from by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense (ODMEO), the WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with motivated postsecondary students with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
Hispanic Parents Plan for College
From Where I Sit is a powerful video series of eight CSU students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. They tell their stories by answering five questions:
Going-to-college (www.going-to-college.org) This new website contains information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college. These video clips offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful.
Getting Into College: What Students with Disabilities Want to Know. This module assists students with disabilities to understand the college admissions process.
Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities. The Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities was established at FDU as one of four regional centers funded by the State of New Jersey Commission on Higher Education to provide services to college students with learning disabilities.
Disability Friendly Colleges. A Guide for Students with Physical Disabilities.
Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities. A listing of colleges in MA (and other states) and additional information from the Concord SpedPAC.
with Programs for Learning Disabled Students
Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (PDF) - Recognizing the challenges faced by students with intellectual disabilities and the benefits of college education, the authors include an overview of the types of options available for students looking to enter college and recommendations for improving access to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. [Debra Hart, Meg Grigal, Caren Sax, Donna Martinez and Madeleine Will. (2006) University of Massachusetts-Boston]
a College for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
and College Prep from LD Online
Virtual campus tours offer high-school students the chance to see colleges without leaving home. The Web site YOUniversityTV.com has video tours of more than 400 four-year institutions in the U.S. Colleges do not provide or pay for the online tours, which are produced by the Web site. "It's not the same as being on the campus, but on the other hand you can't get there sometimes..."
VA College Quest - A Guide to College Success for Students with disAbilities. This site has college information specific to VA, but also excellent articles and resources that apply to students in any state making plans to attend college or continuing education.
New! Navigating College Handbook. From the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network -An introduction to the college experience from those who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and who give you the advice that we wish someone could have given us when we headed off to college. We wish we could sit down and have a chat with each of you, to share our experiences and answer your questions. Free download.
Podcast: Transition from High School to College for Students with Learning Disabilities. Policy Podcast from NCLD with Vincent Varrassi of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He discusses the basics every high school student and family should know about how to plan for a successful transition from high school to college for students with learning disabilities.
Summer Pre-College Programs for Students. HEATH staff members have compiled this list as a resource for students with disabilities who are seeking ways to prepare for college and enhance college performance.
Providing Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. The College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides a broad range of accommodations, such as Braille tests, large print, and extended time, to students on College Board tests who provide documentation of a disability. At this site you'll find Examples of Accommodations on College Board Tests, How to Request Accommodations, and what the school must do to start the eligibility process.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Choosing College Courses
Nuts and Bolts Guide to College Success for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Preparing for College is an article from Chapter 4 of "Going to College: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities" by Elizabeth Evans Getzel and Paul Wehman. It provides information students with disabilities must consider about specific areas when determining an appropriate college or university program. Some of these include the availability of support services, campus accessibility, and documentation requirements to obtain services.
College Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities - This digest was created by ERIC, The Educational Resources Information Center to assist high school personnel, students with learning disabilities, and their parents in planning for a successful college experience for students with learning disabilities.
Exit Exams Can Be Optional If You Plan Ahead. This article provides information about an option for your child if he has completed all the course work and passed all classes, but cannot graduate with a diploma because he cannot pass the state exit exams. The easiest way to eliminate the exit exam obstacle is to apply your child's high school credits to a diploma from a private school. The school is the North Atlantic Regional High School (NARHS), a private high school accredited by the state of Maine.
People with Disabilities and Post Secondary Education. Position paper from the National Council on Disability. Includes information on "Improving Financial Aid for People with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education with New Flexibility".
Autism No Longer an Obstacle for Students Seeking College Degree (Pdf) - Mentors, trained teachers help students to see success. The Detroit Free Press (03/10/08).
Students with Disabilities Get an Extra Hand in Transition to College (Pdf) Austin American Stateman (03/06/08).
Help for When College Years are Not So Carefree (Pdf) - the College Living Experience Program. The Chicago Tribune (08/23/07) about.
I Wanted to go to College and my Dream Came True - Heres what happened. I always wanted to be with my friends. When I was in first grade I was in a special classroom. It was okay but I wanted to be with my friends so I told my mom and dad that I wanted to go into the same door at school that all the other kids were going in. They helped me do that.
Setting Goals and Preparing for the Transition to College - Preparing for the SATs was a big challenge, with the help of his school guidance counselor, Sal applied for testing accommodations for the SAT according to The College Board requirements. Now, college-bound Sal says, "I have proven that I have the ability to overcome challenges. Special education should not be a limitation; it is a jumping point to an endless world of life's lessons."
Legal Rights & Responsibilities
Accommodations and Modifications for College Students. Do colleges have to provide accommodations for disabled students? Dr. Brown offers advice about dealing with colleges.
The Law After High School - Q & As on important legal topics for students entering college.
College Students and Disability Law - Today, there are more students with disabilities in higher education than ever before. Although the process has been slow, colleges and universities are making their programs more accessible, sometimes in good faith, sometimes due to coercion by federal agencies and courts.
ADA Q & A: Section 504 & Postsecondary Education - Many parents of students with disabilities know about rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As students and their families prepare for the transition from high school to postsecondary options, they will often find they are less familiar with protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The following questions reflect those most commonly asked of PACER staff regarding the ADA and postsecondary institutions.
Attending college can be an exciting and enriching experience. It can also be a costly one.
We've created a page of resources to help you find Loans, Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students.
I Need a Pencil offers extensive, free SAT test preparation exercises.
Khan Academy provides free video tutorials for every math skill addressed by official SAT sample test questions.
College Search Directory
The Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability is committed to promoting equal postsecondary educational opportunity for adolescents and adults with disabilities.
with Programs for Learning Disabled Students
Planning for Postsecondary Transition. Provides insights into the realities that students with learning disabilities face as they prepare to apply to and attend college. What parents can do to help.
Resource Guide on Higher Education
for People with Disabilities. A comprehensive resource guide that includes a listing of scholarship and loan programs from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. Information and resources for students nationwide, though some information is specific to Texas.
New Career Paths for Students with Disabilities by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002).The number of students with disabilities attending higher education institutions is climbing. More than one million students with disabilities are now enrolled in American colleges and universities. This publication chronicles the life experiences of students with disabilities who were educated after passage of major legislative protections and suggests five key areas for the focus of future disability legislation, policies, and initiatives.
Department of Education Pamphlet: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary
Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
College and Continuing Education
The K&W Guide to Colleges For Students With Learning Disabilities
Going To College: Expanding Opportunities For People With Disabilities (Paperback) by Elizabeth Evans Getzel and Paul Wehman (Editors)
Succeeding in College With Asperger Syndrome by John Harpur, Maria
Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People
Last revised: 09/01/15