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E-mail this pagePreparing for Postsecondary Education

This topic--directed at students, teachers, and parents--provides an overview of self-advocacy, rights, responsibilities, and other issues students with disabilities need to think about when considering postsecondary education.


Students with disabilities who are preparing for postsecondary education have an exciting road ahead of them. However, they need to consider many issues to ensure a successful experience in higher education. The good news is that the number of students with disabilities enrolling in and graduating from postsecondary education is increasing, and many have gone on to be successful in their chosen careers. Still, the numbers are small compared to individuals without disabilities. The postsecondary environment is very different from the secondary education environment students with disabilities are accustomed to. Therefore, effective preparation is vital to their success in college.

This Web topic outlines some important issues for students with disabilities, parents, teachers, counselors, transition planners, and college personnel to explore as students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education, including differences in laws and expectations, skills students need to develop, and recommendations for planning ahead in the individualized education program (IEP).

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