Post-secondary Education/Training Programs Resources

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A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities

 OSERS published updates to “A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities, August 2020” to advance the office’s efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve their post-school and career goals.

Scholarships for Youth with Disabilities

This list of available scholarships includes the funder names, descriptions, and contact information for students to explore financing for their higher educations.

Assistive Technology that Supports Independent Living for Young Adults with Disabilities

There is a wide range of assistive technology (AT) that can be used to support young adults with disabilities that want to gain independence and live on their own.

NCWD/Youth Video Series for Youth Explores Postsecondary Options

NCWD/Youth’s Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) produced the “Hitting the Open Road” video series for youth. These short videos are based on the publication, written for youth and by youth on exploring options as youth prepare to transition out of high school.

How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

ESSA and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provide states with the opportunity to support college and career readiness for all students, including students with disabilities.

Making My Way Through College

This guide is for students with disabilities pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university.

AFC’S Guide to College for Students with Disabilities

This guide from Advocates for Children of New York provides information, including resources, on the application process, financial aid, college services, and resources for support as youth prepare to go to college.

Tips and Technology for Managing Time, Focus, and Sleep in College

The Center on Technology and Disability has this guide to provide tips on managing college life.

Dual Enrollment Programs

This intervention report from What Works Clearinghouse presents findings from a systematic review of dual enrollment programs.

Getting Started: Managing Time and Staying Focused in College with the Help of Assistive Technology

This article from the Center on Technology and Disability explores how combining healthy study habits with technology can help a college student to focus and manage their time. It also addresses the use of assistive technology to develop good study habits.

NCCSD Research Briefs

Two research briefs from national Center for College Students with Disabilities: “Campus Climate and Students with Disabilities” (available as a doc and pdf) and “National Databases with Information on College Students with Disabilities” (available as a doc and pdf, and with an mp3 audio version of the accompanying tables).

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities

This transition guide from OSERS assists families and youth with disabilities in developing and achieving their goals for adult life. It covers transition services, education and employment after high school, and supporting decisions made youth with disabilities.

Mental Health on College Campuses: Investments, Accommodations Needed to Address Student Needs

This report from the National Council on Disability analyzes college mental health services and policies in the United States. The report documents the challenges, best practices, and emerging trends of supporting college students with mental health conditions.

Transitioning to College with a Disability

This short video from The Disability Services Office at NC State University addresses accommodations that students with disabilities might have at college. It explains a variety of topics including how accommodations differ at college compared to high school and how to disclose a disability at the college level.

20 Incredible Colleges for Students with Disabilities

A disability shouldn’t stand in the way of getting a college degree. These days, it’s easier than ever for students with disabilities to find the help they need, as more and more institutions work to understand their disabilities.

Loans, Scholarships, and Financial Aid for Students

The Federal government is the single largest source of financial assistance for postsecondary education for students with or without disabilities. Students with disabilities should consider all types of funding sources since many scholarships are not disability specific.

Finding Age-Appropriate Transition Assessments

This publication describes an assessment of five essential foundations that are critical for students with learning disabilities or AD/HD to succeed in a traditional higher education setting.

Top 10 Mistakes in #Transition Planning

Check out this factsheet from PEATC on effective transition planning.

Rethinking College

Rethinking College is a 25-minute film produced by Think College that explores the growing movement to include students with intellectual disability in higher education.

Building Knowledge, Creating Experience

Activities & resources for students to prepare for life after highschool using 2 tracks: I Want to Go to Work or I Want to Continue my Education

Trauma-Informed Practices for Trauma-Informed Practices for Postsecondary Education:

This guide is intended to raise awareness of trauma in postsecondary education institutions, help educators understand how trauma affects learning and development, and provide practical advice for how to work effectively with college students

Trauma Informed Practices in Preparing for Postschool Employment Success

Using a trauma-informed lens can help educators be better prepared to meet students’ unique educational and transition needs.