There are a number of resources available to help students make the transition. These sites offer guides, support, suggestions, as well as interactive activities for students to complete. Resources aimed towards high school counselors regarding different diagnoses and student rights are also included.
Students & High School Counselors:
Affordable Colleges Online: A variety of disability-specific information, advocacy resources, and helpful assistive technology options.
Autism Speaks: Includes a Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide which is designed to help students and their families explore the different opportunities and learning environments after leaving high school. This is aimed at student’s with Autism, however, the material is applicable to a variety of disabilities.
Going to College: An interactive website for students, parents, and high school counselors regarding information about living college life with a disability. Students can complete online modules to help them prepare for college with an online portfolio, help them with goal-setting and how to interact in their current IEP meetings to facilitate independence.
Legal Differences: Explains the legal differences between secondary and postsecondary education and the differences between modifications and accommodations.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities: FAQ’s about academic adjustments and student’s rights to accommodations from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Tips for talking to your Professors: A guide to help the student decide how to talk to their professors about their disability and the decision to disclose their diagnosis.
High School Counselors:
A Guide for High School Educators: Provides high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Department of Education Guidance on Dyslexia: A letter to high school personnel from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services about children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia and how it is categorized as a learning disability under the IDEA.
United States Department of Justice: – Discusses testing accommodations and examples of covered exams.