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Information about college from the Office for Civil Rights
This guide explains students’ rights and responsibilities at college
This guide answers questions about what kinds of aids and supports colleges are required to provide to students with disabilities
My Future My Plan: A Transition Planning Resource for Life After High School from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition and State of the Art
This video from the DO-IT project at the University of Washington provides a great overview of topics about which students should think when they start their college search and once they enroll.
This is a nice, concise article from the University of Connecticut suggesting 20 ways to help students with disabilities make a smooth transition to college. It’s a great piece to share with professionals.
This guide from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities provides a great overview of the postsecondary education options available to students and offers some helpful tips for how to manage themselves at college.
This is a great website for students funded by a grant with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. There are helpful tips and videos for students featuring actual college students with disabilities and a college planning timeline
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability offers a guide to help students made decisions about when and how to disclose disability information as they move into life after high school
This brief article covers some of the difficulties students with disabilities encounter in the transition to college. What was of interest to me was its mention of some short “boot camps” held by Landmark College, which might be of interest to students as something to do over the summer.
Disability services and accommodations – differences between high school and college
The National Center for Learning Disabilities offers a document on college transition written by Colleen Lewis, the Executive Director of the Office of Disability Services at Columbia University. The document describes the differences between high school and college and offers steps and suggestions to help students prepare for a successful transition.
This Q&A does a nice job of covering accommodations and services at college.
In this article, Joseph Madaus, one of the biggest experts on transition to college for students with disabilities, discusses foreign language waivers and substitutions. Dr. Madaus explains that colleges can demand that all students take foreign language courses, and he offers to tips for asking questions about this during students’ college search.
Letters to parents from a college disability services expert and the Office for Civil Rights
Letter to Parents from the Assistant Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights that discusses changes they will find when their child moves from high school to college.
This open letter to parents was written by Jane Jarrow. The parent of a student who has cerebral palsy, Ms. Jarrow was also Executive Director of the Association of Higher Education and Disability in the 1990’s. Having spent years working with professionals in the field of postsecondary education, she recently sent her daughter off to college. From her perspective as a professional and a mother, she offers advice and information for concerned parents who are facing their student’s transition to college.
Resources for students on the autism spectrum
This is the site for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. On the upper righthand side of the homepage is a link students can use to download a guidebook especially for them about transitioning to college. Each chapter is written by a different individual with autism who has graduated from college, and topics include how to manage dorm life and sensory regulation.
Families looking for college advising for their student on the spectrum can contact this this group, run by several of the leading experts in the field, including my friends Jane Thierfeld Brown and Lorraine Wolf. Their book for parents, also co-authored by Lisa King and Ruth Bork, is available from their site and from Amazon.
This site is an excellent resource for students with disabilities who are interested in a career in nursing.
Nicole Ofiesh, a researcher who conducted studies on extended time, summarizes her important findings and offers advice for students with disabilities. You can read her piece on her site.
The NY Times published this piece on Landmark College which discusses the positives and negatives of this Vermont school, which was designed to serve just students with learning disabilities and ADD.
This NY Times article from 2009 highlights some of the inflated claims of private college counselors. It is a good reminder to be an educated consumer and to carefully examine the claims of people providing such services.
This chart from SMU shows high school students what they can expect at the college level with respect to scheduling, classes, relationships with professors, how grades are determined, and what tests are like.
Resources for professionals
The Online Clearinghouse On Postsecondary Education For Individuals With Disabilities offers a toolkit for professionals on advising high school students with disabilities on postsecondary education and career options. An excellent resource (downloadable pdf document)
Transition of Students with Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators – pamphlet from the federal education department
The Transition Coalition offers downloadable resources teachers and administrators can use, including transition portfolios, transition planning assessment forms, and a transition handbook.