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External Resources for Students with Disabilities
In order to develop meaningful goals for college and career, students should be encouraged to be actively involved in their transition planning to discover their passions, and take personal responsibility to attain their goals. We hope that the following resources help foster useful conversations as you make plans for college.
Conner, David J. (2012). Helping Students With Disabilities Transition to College: 21 Tips for Students With LD and/or ADD/ADHD. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(5), 16-25.
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education’s publications:
- “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-Secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities”
- “Transition of Students With Disabilities to Post-secondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators”
Shaw, S.F., Madaus, J.W. & Dukes, L.L., III (Eds.). (2010). Preparing Students with Disabilities for College Success: A Practical Guide for Transition Planning. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) provides orientation and adaptive technology consultations for students who are blind or who have low vision.
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is a national organization for professionals serving students with disabilities at the post-secondary level. Students and parents can also find links to resources and explore further the topics surrounding disability issues in higher education.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) has compiled a list of recommended accommodations and transition resources in print to support students with ADHD.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) offers their handbook, Navigating College, written by adults on the autism spectrum to guide transitioning college students.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) offers articles related to transition for students and their parents to aid in the transition from high school.
DO-IT: University of Washington is a comprehensive clearinghouse of information, tip sheets and resources for students with disabilities, their parents and higher education faculty and staff.
Going To College is a dynamic website designed for students to explore all facets of college transition planning, including campus life and communicating with instructors and advisers.
Heath Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center serves as a portal to publications and modules to inform parents and students for post-secondary education. An essential toolkit aimed at guidance and career counselors, but also of use to students and families, is available by download.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (LD.org) maintains a compilation of articles and podcasts that help students and families plan for post-secondary transition.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities has a wealth of information related to transition of students with disabilities. Students and parents can complete a series of modules and explore resources through various links.
Organization for Autism Research offers a publication for parents: A Guide For Transition to Adulthood.
PEPNet 2.0 is a website aimed toward supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing students in higher education. iTransition is a curriculum for students 14 and up to explore college and create a portfolio of information to aid in their college search.
Veterans Outreach Center assists our veteran students in transition to 2-year or 4-year colleges enrolling under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.