High School to College

Making the Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities:

Developed for NCLD by Colleen Lewis, Director
Office of Disability Services, Columbia University


High School



Special Education Model


Where you receive services


Documentation


Special Education Law


College


Accommodations Model


Where you receive services


Documentation


Civil Rights Law

 



INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS


While still in high school you need to:
1. Find out about your disability:


2. Actively participate in all transition related meetings (i.e. IEP, 504, IPE)


3. Develop a personal information file with disability related information:


4. Select and Plan College Choices

5. Apply—Good luck!



KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS

All colleges are required by law to provide accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Some colleges offer specialized programs that are highly structured and include a wide range of academic and behavioral supports. Other colleges offer support services that are less intensive and that require students to ‘take the lead’ in monitoring their progress and managing their special needs on campus.

Programs vs. Support Services



CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO A COLLEGE! NOW WHAT?


1. Register with the college’s disability services office or program. Remember you need to:


2. Arrange other supports not provided by the school.



SELF-ADVOCACY


What is Self-Advocacy?


Why is it important?


When will I use it (at college)?


How can I practice being a self-advocate?



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