Preparing for Postsecondary Education
College: A Rhode Island Guide for Students with Disabilities (2001)
While most of the resources listed are specific to Rhode Island,
the checklists and descriptions of what to expect could be useful
to students with disabilities from other states who are preparing
Helping California Youths with Disabilities Transition to Work or Postsecondary Education (June 2006)
On June 20, 2006, the U.S. Government Accounting Office held a conference on California youth with disabilities in transition. This document summarizes that conference. Conference panelists offered a variety of perspectives on the challenges they face in serving youth with disabilities making the transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment. Available in PDF (27 pages, 381 KB).
Individualized Learning Plan Fact Sheet (2011)
An individualized learning plan is a tool that high school students use – with support from school counselors and parents – to define their personal interests and goals related to their career and postsecondary education and to plan what courses to take and what activities to participate in during high school to further their interests and achieve their goals. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability’s ILP Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Individualized Learning Plan and highlights ways some states are using ILPs to better serve their students.
My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College – A Workbook for Middle and Junior High School Students (2010)
This U.S. Department of Education publication for middle and junior high school students helps youth learn about the range of postsecondary options, the benefits of higher education, how to pay for college, and how to start preparing for college and career in middle school. Personalized activities help youth think about how college can help them achieve their individual career goals.
Postsecondary Education and Students with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities (Autumn 2010/Winter 2011)
Even though the majority of high school students with disabilities identify participation in postsecondary education as a goal for their adult lives, only about 3 in 10 have taken classes since completing high school (National Longitudinal Transition Study-2). Among those with the lowest rates of participation are students with intellectual disabilities. The Institute on Community Integration’s “Impact: Feature Issue on Postsecondary Education and Students with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities” explores what we know and what we still need to know about supporting increased participation of students with disabilities – especially intellectual disabilities – in postsecondary education, and why that participation is important.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your
Rights and Responsibilities (2011)
This pamphlet explains the rights and responsibilities of students with
disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. In addition,
the pamphlet explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide
academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that
the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.
Success at Every Step: How 23 Programs Support Youth on the Way to College and Beyond (October 2009)
This report by the American Youth Policy Forum focuses on programs that have been proven to help young people successfully complete high school and be prepared for success in postsecondary education and careers. These programs represent a wide range of interventions, including school-wide reform initiatives, community-based afterschool services, work-based learning opportunities, and college access programs. From an analysis of the included programs, the report identifies common programmatic and structural elements that may contribute to their effectiveness and summarizes key outcomes.
DO-IT (Producer). (2001). Taking
charge: Stories of success and self-determination[Motion
(Available from DO-IT, University of Washington, BOX 355670, Seattle, WA 98195-5670)
This videotape (16:34 minutes) and accompanying publication synthesizes the advice of successful young people and adults with disabilities about how to succeed.
Through the same door: Inclusion includes college [Motion Picture]
This 25-minute DVD documents the journey of a 21-year-old with a cognitive disability on a college campus. It shows Micah Fialka-Feldman taking public transportation to Oakland University in Rochester, MI, participating in his college courses, talking with his professors, hanging out with his friends, working on campus, using assistive technology to send email, and keynoting at a state teacher education conference. The film also includes interviews with Micah, his friends, high school and college faculty and staff, social worker, and family members.
Mangrum, C. T., & Strichart, S. S. (2000). Peterson’s
colleges with programs for students with
learning disabilities and attention-deficit
disorders (6th Ed). Princeton,
This guide profiles more than 750 college
and university programs that provide services
to meet the needs of students with learning
disabilities (LD) or attention deficit disorders
(ADD). The first section of this book provides
basic information about how colleges and
universities throughout the country are responding
to the specific needs of students with LD
including a discussion of the difference between “comprehensive programs” and “special
services” offered by institutions. Other sections provide
step-by-step guidelines for narrowing college
selections, finding out more about these
schools, applying to top choices, and preparing
for a visit. A personal summary chart is
designed to assist in organizing and comparing
features of different colleges. A resource
section lists organizations that can be contacted
to provide more information related to higher
educatin for individuals with LD or ADD.
A quick-reference chart is included that
provides essential information elements about
every college profiled in the guide. The
last part of this book provides detailed
information about learning disabilities and
ADD programs at specific colleges.
The administrator of the SAT provides tips for students
to prepare for, apply for, and find financial aid for college.
Information and tips for taking the SAT, PSAT, and other tests,
College Search, and other resources available here.
College Readiness for All: A Practitioners’ Toolbox
The Pathways to College Network has created a systematic, research-based resource to help schools and college outreach programs increase the number of students preparing for postsecondary education. The toolbox helps educators learn about what works from research and examples, assess their present situations and plan change, access resources for implementing their plans, and monitor progress toward achieving their goal of college-ready high school graduates.
CollegeView is a free online college search service with profiles of
3,500+ colleges and universities, virtual tours, electronic applications, financial
aid info, career planning tools, and more.
FAFSA on the WebU.S. Department of Education
At this Web site, you will be able to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid online, ask questions, and track the progress of your application. This Web site is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Free scholarship and college searches, plus financial aid tools
Student Financial Assistance
More information on financial aid from the Department of Education.
HEATH Resource Center (Higher Education and Adult Training
for People with Disabilities)
This Web site includes both practical
information and research reports related specifically
to students with disabilities in postsecondary
topics and reports address issues concerning
students with specific types of disabilities
(i.e., psychiatric disabilities, hearing or visual impairments, brain
KnowHow2GO Web site
Young people in all socio-economic groups have college aspirations. Despite their aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses. Studies show these students often lack the guidance they need to prepare for postsecondary education. To turn these students’ college dreams into action-oriented goals, the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007.
Formerly the Comprehensive Degree Directory, Learn.org provides answers to academic and career questions.
This Web site, intended to support best practices in transition to postsecondary settings for students with significant disabilities, includes fact sheets, journal articles, a discussion forum, helpful links, and training modules. The site also offers the new online training module "Individual Supports to Increase Access to an Inclusive College Experience for Students with Intellectual Disabilities." This self-paced training module provides an overview of the major steps involved in creating individual supports to access postsecondary education and includes step-by-step instructions, downloadable examples and forms, a glossary, list of acronyms, FAQ, and related Web resources.
The Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students Project seeks to improve the lives of Latino youth by opening doors to postsecondary education, providing information about how to equip and support students and families in pursuing education beyond high school.
The Person-Centered Planning Education Site
Person-centered planning involves the development of a “toolbox” of methods and resources that enable people with disability labels to choose their own paths to success; the planners simply help them to figure out where they want to go and how best to get there. In this site, you will find: an overview of the person-centered planning process, a self-study course covering the basic process involved, a quiz section to help you focus on areas you may need to cover more thoroughly, a compendium of readings and activities for you to use on your own, and various links and downloadable resources (part of the Program on Employment and Disability at Cornell).
Social Security AdministrationOffice of Disability
The SSA has plans to help students pay for school expenses and work while retaining social security benefits.
A Web site from the Institute on Community
Inclusion, University of Massachusetts-Boston,
designed to provide information to students
with cognitive disabilities who are interested
in finding ways to attend college. The site
includes information for students, family members,
and professionals, and features a searchable
database of postsecondary education programs,
a discussion board designed by students, a
listserv, and links to Web-based resources.
Fee-based test prep tools and academic tutoring with some free resources and scholarships.
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