As part of a student’s transition planning for life after high school, the student and the other members of his or her IEP team will probably consider the possibility of more education or training. In keeping with the options specifically mentioned in IDEA, the discussion of education/training after high school may focus on:
- postsecondary education at a college, university, or community college;
- vocational education to learn a trade or specific job skill; or
- continuing and adult education.
This resource page will connect IEP teams with organizations and articles that can help team members tackle the education/training question during transition planning.
- Getting started
- These experts can help
- What about college?
- College planning with specific disabilities
One of the first places to visit is the HEATH Resource Center, the clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. There, you’ll find online learning modules to guide your exploration of education or training after high school. Start with:
Knowing Your Options: What to do and Where to Go
Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Can It Help You?
Opportunities in Career and Technical Education at the Postsecondary Level
Non-Degree Postsecondary Options For Individuals with Disabilities
Together, these modules will give you a good frame of reference for thinking about and planning ahead for education or training after high school.
These Experts Can Help
There are many rich resource centers and organizations to visit that can help you and yours explore the possibilities for education and/or training after high school. Try these, for starters, listed in alpha order. We give you their home page addresses, so that you can poke in all the corners according to your interests and needs.
AHEAD | Association on Higher Education and Disability
Resources for parents and students
Colleges, Career Colleges, Tech Colleges and Schools by State | Pick your state (or another!) and see what’s available.
DO-IT | DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) works to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. DO-IT Scholars is especially for college-capable high school students with disabilities.
Education-Portal.com | Your portal to degree programs, career information, school reviews, and education news
HEATH Resource Center | We’ve already mentioned HEATH, the online clearinghouse for postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.Come here if you’re looking for information about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities for adults with disabilities.
PEPNet | Advancing educational options for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
What About College? General Resources
Don’t discount college as an option because the potential student has a disability. There are many very helpful resources that are designed to guide students with disabilities through the process of considering college, applying to college, and succeeding there.
College or Training Programs | How to Decide
Mapping Your Dreams: Education
Going to College | A resource for teens with disabilities
College Planning for Students with Disabilities |
Transition Checklist for Families |
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education | Know Your Rights and Responsibilities | Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education | http://www.ed.gov
Find a scad of resources about education after high school, such as:
Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid (in English and Spanish)
All about college | Why go, what to do, how to pay
Lots of info for parents and students and for teachers and counselors
The Next Step video | This 19-minute video presents personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools. Available in English and Spanish.
Students with Disabilities Tell Their Story video |
HEATH modules | As mentioned above, the HEATH Resource Centers offers online modules on a spectrum of topics related to postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Ones pertinent to going to college include:
Getting into College: What Students with Disabilities Want to Know
Academic and Co-Curricular Accommodations in Colleges and Universities
Community College: An Excellent Option for Students with Disabilities
Show Me the Money! Options for Paying for College
The Laws: What Do They Have To Do With You?
Many other HEATH modules cover aspects of concern that students may have once they get to college, including independent living, getting along with faculty, and emotional support. Access the entire list of topics at:
What About College? Resources on Specific Disabilities
AD/HD or LD | Resources for College
Asperger Syndrome | College Resource Guide
Autism spectrum |
Blindness | see Visual impairments
Deafness or hard of hearing | Transitioning to college tipsheet
Intellectual disabilities | Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Intellectual disabilities | Think College!
Learning disabilities | Post-high school options
Learning disabilities | Colleges with Programs for
Learning Disabled Students
LD or AD/HD | Resources for College
Physical disabilities | Disability friendly colleges
Psychiatric disabilities | Handling your psychiatric disability in work and school
Visual impairments | National Alliance of Blind Students
Visual impairments | NFB Cafe: For Blind and Visually Impaired College Students & Professionals
Visual impairments | Off to college tips
Visual impairments | Help for college-bound students
Which Transition Page Would You Like to Visit Now?
- Main Transition Page (Transition to Adulthood)
- Transition Starters for Everyone
- Transition Goals in the IEP
- Students Get Involved!
- Adult Services: What Are They? Where are They?
- Education/Training Connections (you’re here!)
- Employment Connections
- Independent Living Connections