Transition to Post High School

  • Affordable Colleges Online, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools and information for current and future college students and their families, has recently published a new resource for students with disabilities, titled “Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities.” You'll notice that the guide is written in "people first" language and the guide utilizes a more readable font size. Multiple experts in the field with experience in academia, financial aid, and law contributed to the content in this resource guide, including:

    - Advice and resources for loans and scholarships available specifically for students with disabilities
    - Distance learning tips for students with disabilities
    - Job resources for students with disabilities
    - Additional helpful resources

  • The place to explore careers related to
    your strengths, skills and talents.
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    see all the occupations.

  • College Board provides information about students with disabilities who require accommodations on the college board tests (such as the SAT or the Advanced Placement Program).

  • Heading to college is both an exciting and frightening time for all students. This is a time when students cross the threshold from teen to independent adult. One’s success and failures during this time can directly affect his or her future. When a student has a disability, there are additional concerns that must be confronted and addressed. Where parents may have played a large part in a person’s education through high school, the student must take on that responsibility for his or herself while in college. A person with disabilities will have different needs than students without disabilities. Meeting these needs is necessary in order to receive an equal educational experience. To do this, the student must take the right steps before and during his or her time in college.

  • Almost all colleges and universities provide some level of services and/or accommodations for learning disabled students, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The colleges and universities listed below go a step further...they offer programs, some quite comprehensive, designed to support students with learning disabilities.

  • Video from the Department of Labor.

  • connects individuals with disabilities to information and opportunities.

  • EDI conducts research and provides continuing education and technical assistance on many aspects of disability in the workplace. Since 1968, researchers and practitioners at the Cornell ILR School with expertise in disability have helped companies, labor organizations, government agencies, schools, and communities throughout the United States and abroad to accommodate and integrate individuals with disabilities. The EDI team consults with policy makers, disability advocates, and rehabilitation program professionals.

  • Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning, created by The Family Center on Technology and Disability, is a guide providing information to assist families and students prepare for utilizing technology after leaving school.

  • GO College is a resource for information about paying for and succeeding in college.

  • Going to College provides information about college life with a disability. It includes video clips, activities and additional resources that can help prepare a high school student with a disability for college.

  • HEATH Resource Center is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education (college and vocational technical programs) for individuals with disabilities.

  • Job Seeker Tools offered by Career One Stop provides resources for workforce development, including job seeking tools.

  • What is a career? While many people use the words “job” and “career” interchangeably, the two have very different meanings. Throughout your life, you may hold various jobs starting, perhaps starting when you are in high school or earlier. Typically, people pursue just one career. A career is a journey, and something you will be committed to in the long term. It consists of different steps and, ideally, it is something that you feel is your calling. If you are a student ready to begin your higher education, or have held many different jobs and want to know how to make the switch to doing what you love, this career guide will be a great resource.

  • Strategies, Tools & Resources for Families of Youth with Disabilities to Asist in Creating Successful Transition Plans

  • The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) - Youth and Family Guide provides information about employment laws, services and programs for youth with disabilities.

  • NY Learns is a resource from the State Education Department for parents, students and school counselors. It contains information about the higher education system as well as provides answers to some frequently asked questions.

  • Through research, policy analysis, training, and technical assistance, the New York Makes Work Pay Initiative provides policy and practice solutions to address New York State's estimated 70% of working-age people with disabilities who are not employed.

  • Office of Disability Employment Policy provides information to individuals about employment resources.

  • PAS Toolkit A recently released toolkit through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This toolkit assists youth in strengthening some of the fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships.

  • Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center (PACER) is a parent-to-parent information web site.

  • A workbook to help you decide what you want your life to
    look like after graduation …

  • Postsecondary Education Planning gives tips for prospective students with disabilities.

  • Postsecondary Transitioning Resources for Students with Disabilities - The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, has posted two letters to provide information about the legal rights of students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education institutions.

  • Social Security Online offers programs and research related to individuals with disabilities, including work incentives.

  • SEPC is committed to building partnerships that actively engage families and the school community to promote student achievement.

  • Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities(U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Washington, D.C. 20202) is an on-line pamphlet that explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also 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.

  • The Institute for Innovative Transition works to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood.

  • Ticket to Work details legislation providing a tool box of work incentives for people with disabilities.

  • Transition Planning Inventory for Students and Families is a form to help students and parents sit down to identify their future plans prior to attending transition planning meetings.

  • TransitionSource was designed to support educational programs and agencies across New York State, to advance the post-school outcomes of secondary students with disabilities.

  • We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.