Transition & Planning for the Future:
Choosing a School, Finding Financial Aid

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March 4, 2008

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 425
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In This Issue:

Comparing Colleges: What's Right for You?

Wrightslaw Comes to California on March 19!

"I Can't Afford College" and other Financial Aid Myths

Free Pubs: New Career Paths for Students with Disabilities


Federal Financial Aid and College for Students with Disabilities

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Section 504 and ADA
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
Self-Advocacy: Know How to Get What You Need

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Pete and Pam Wright
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After high school, more students with disabilities are continuing their education at two- and four-year colleges, and attending vocational and career schools. If one of your goals is further education, you need to plan ahead.

Where do you begin? Which school will support your success? Is financial aid available?

For juniors and seniors, now is the time to learn all you can about colleges, vocational and career schools. Visit campuses. Get a head start on college applications.

This time of year also marks the beginning of the college financial aid season.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate provides loads of resources, in-depth information guides, and good advice about planning for the transition to further education.

Don't hesitate to forward this issue to other families, friends, and colleagues.

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Comparing Schools: What's Right for You?

Finding a good match can be challenging. We've put together the "best of the web" to help you make good decisions about the transition to further education, and the choices available.

Start your search here - College: Continuing and Higher Education.

Do you need?

  • a resource guide to preparing your child for college
  • a list of colleges for students with learning disabilities
  • help with transition goals
  • not sure what you need...

Look here: Choosing a School That's Right for You. Find out what options are available, why, and how to start planning. Planning and preparation are the keys to success. The sooner you start, the better prepared you will be.

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Postsecondary institutions have very different responsibilities from your public school district.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. You need to know your rights and responsibilities under Section 504 and ADA.

Colleges that receive federal funding have a disability services office where students with special needs can register for reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Read this Letter to Parents from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The letter describes the changes students with disabilities will encounter as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education, before and after admission.

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Comes to California on March 19!

"When are you coming to California? We need help!"

"All your programs are too far away. Why don't you come to the West Coast?"

We have good news! A Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference will be held in San Jose California on March 19, 2008.

There's just enough time for you to register for the the San Jose training in Mountain View. Don't miss this opportunity!

This Wrightslaw training program features Pete Wright and Pam Wright and is sponsored by Parents Helping Parents.

Download the registration form or Register Online.

Questions? Please call Parents Helping Parents at (408) 727-5775 or email Jocelyn Penner at

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"I Can't Afford College" and other Financial Aid Myths

Paying for college can be harder than getting into college. Financial assistance is available.

We'll show you where to look in Loans, Scholarships and Financial Aid for College.

Read Five Tips for Paying for College.

Don't ignore a college just because of it's "sticker price." College View will explain why in "I Can't Afford College" and other financial aid and grant myths on Loans, Scholarships and Financial Aid for College.

Loans, Scholarships and Financial Aid for College, you'll find a comprehensive resource page about funding strategies for college and information about scholarships and financial aid for students with disabilities.

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Free Help! Free Pubs!

One obstacle in advocating for a child with a disability is finding the time to do research. We spend hours collecting information so you can spend your time learning, not searching.

There are so many opportunities for a good life after high school.

Download a free copy of New Career Paths for Students with Disabilities. Go to the Wrightslaw College page, Download Free Pub.

Here's a free Financial Aid Resource Guide.

Federal Financial Aid and College: An Overview for Students with Disabilities. This resource guide contains

  • federal financial aid programs
  • state vocational rehabilitation services
  • regional and local sources
  • a listing of nationally awarded grants
  • a pre-college checklist to search for funds

Free Pubs Page

When you visit our Free Pubs page, you can download free publications about IEPs, special education, transition, reading, children's mental health, discipline and behavior, harassment, high-stakes testing, retention and social promotion, and No Child Left Behind. We continually add new publications, so the contents of the Free Pubs page changes often.

Go here for more free pubs

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