Attending a post-secondary institution – a four-year college or university, a community college or other post-secondary training program – can present new opportunities and challenges. Pursuing post-secondary education allows you to broaden your social horizons while preparing academically for meaningful employment. You have a large array of options when it comes to choosing a post-secondary learning environment.
More and more high school students with disabilities plan to continue their education in post-secondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges and universities. You need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities, as well as the responsibilities post-secondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the post-secondary education experience without confusion or delay.
Here are some helpful programs pertaining to post-secondary education:
Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities: Lists numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada.
Going to College: Another website designed for teens with disabilities. Provides information about planning for college, including selecting a college, financial aid and picking a major.
HEATH Resource Center (HEATH): An online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Answers students’ questions about educational and training options available after high school.
College Information for Students with Disabilities: A website which has information about knowing your rights, preparing for college and how to succeed in college.
Think College Transition Checklist: Gives family members an easy-to-use list of topics that should be considered when discussing the transition from high school to college. This website also includes a database of postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
The National Center for Fair and Open Testing: A website which lists colleges and universities which deemphasize the use of standardized tests for admissions.
College Living Experience (CLE) is the industry’s leading provider of post-secondary supports for young adults with learning differences. CLE students pursue their academic program or career of interest while also receiving services across the domains of independent living and social skill development.
Dollars for Tics Scholars encourage students with Tourette Syndrome to attend college and to stay in college through awarding college scholarships as an investment in their future contributions to society
Florida Atlantic University:
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides the institution with resources, education and direct services so that individuals with disabilities may have a greater opportunity to achieve equity and excellence in education. FAU comprehensive academic support services include advocacy, academic accommodations, Assistive Technology equipment/software training, Assistive Technology Computer Lab, Learning Strategies training and an active student organization. SAS has offices across three of FAU's campuses – Boca Raton, Davie, and Jupiter; however, accessibility services are available for students attending any of the six FAU campuses.
Counseling and Psychological Services provide FAU students with timely and effective mental health services that allow them to improve and maintain their mental well-being and therefore to meet their educational, personal, emotional and psychological goals.
FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families, employers, the professionals and community and governmental agencies serving them. CARD provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.
The Office of Compliance through the ADA Coordinator offers reasonable accommodations to Lynn University community members with diagnosed disabilities and learning differences to ensure an enjoyable learning, living and working environment for all community members.
The Disability Services Office at Lynn University was founded to serve as a comprehensive ADA services office. The goal of the Office is to create a first-rate experience for all Lynn University community members by allowing for equal access to all aspects of the Lynn University community.
Post-Secondary education for young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities.