Supporting Postsecondary Youth

Ensuring that students with disabilities are adequately prepared to advocate for themselves in order to access necessary services and reasonable accommodations is a crucial goal for students, families, schools and community agencies and organizations. The preparation begins at the beginning, not the conclusion, of the K-12 school experience.

The Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0: A Model for Planning, Organizing and Evaluating Transition Education, Services and Programs is a useful tool from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C) for focusing transition services in key areas.

This resource can provide a structure for transition stakeholders as they collaborate to provide the experiences and services students with disabilities need to transition from school to postsecondary education and beyond. What follows here is an outline of the Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0 combined with some of the Project 10 resources that support each tier of the taxonomy.

Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0 Project 10 Resources
Student-Focused Planning
  • IEP Development

  • Planning Strategies

  • Student Participation

Project 10 - Student-Focused Planning

Project 10 - Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination

Project 10 - Indicator 13 - Postsecondary Goals - Strategies and Resources

FDOE - Developing Quality IEPs: A Guide for Instructional Personnel and Families (pdf)

Project 10 - Developing Quality IEPs - Online Guide | Online Training Request

Project 10 - Training on Request - Standing Up For Me, Train-the-Trainer

Student Development
  • Assessment

  • Academic Skills

  • Life, Social and Emotional Skills

  • Employment and Occupational Skills

  • Student Supports

  • Instructional Context

Project 10 - Student Development

Project 10 - Transition Assessment

Project 10 - Career Interests and Assessments

Project 10 - Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Online Learning UDL K-12 Lesson Plans

Project 10 - Explore Careers

Project 10 - Employment

Project 10 - Training on Request - Using Assessment Data to Write Measurable Postsecondary Goals

Project 10 - Program Structure

Interagency Collaboration
  • Collaborative Framework

  • Collaborative Service Delivery

Project 10 - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Technical Assistance Papers (TAPS) and Memos

Project 10 - Training On Request - Developing Interagency Transition Teams

Family Engagement
  • Family Involvement

  • Family Empowerment

  • Family Preparation

Project 10 - Family Involvement

Project 10 - Student and Family Services

Project 10 - Training on Request - Transition Basics: A Guide for Families

Program Structure
  • Program Characteristics

  • Program Evaluation

  • Strategic Planning

  • Policies and Procedures

  • Resource Development and Allocation

  • School Climate

Project 10 - Program Structure

Project 10 - Training on Request - Using School-Level Data to Increase Graduation Success of Students with Disabilities: An Early Warning System (EWS)

Project 10 - Training on Request - Using Transition Assessment Data to Write Measurable Postsecondary Goals

Project 10 - Training on Request - Utilizing Data to Diagnose then Treat: Program Evaluation and Improvement

Project 10 - Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities

Florida State Standards

On-Campus Support for Postsecondary Students

Many postsecondary institutions have experienced disability support services staff who will advise students and faculty and provide opportunities for students with disabilities to access necessary and reasonable accommodations.

Prior to enrolling, students should go online and check the selected institution's website for information on disability support services. These websites will provide information about how to request available services such as adaptive technologies, mentoring, tutoring and accommodations and the documentation needed.

To locate disability support services Web pages and contacts for most postsecondary institutions in Florida, go to our Districts by Region page and click on the county in which the institution is located and then on the College/University Resources link.


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
Contains information and resources on support services for students with disabilities in higher education including disability documentation requirements and Frequently Asked Questions for parents and students. Students in higher education are no longer covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP), therefore preparing for college should include a careful review of this site.

Developing a Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program to Support Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Replication Guide Based on Project Achieve at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ)
This guide, developed by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, is comprised of two sections. The first section, “An Inside Look at Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville” provides an overview of Project Achieve, an inclusive program designed to expand access to Postsecondary Career and Technical programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The second section, “Launching a Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program”, is for those who are interested in replicating a Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program at a public state college or community college. This section outlines the tasks involved in developing a program that provides a support system that assists students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend classes and earn certification alongside their main Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) program.

DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology
Aims to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers and promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity and participation in education and employment. DO-IT goals are to increase the success of people with disabilities in college and careers, promote universal design, distribute publications and videos and provide resources for students with disabilities, K-12 educators, postsecondary faculty and administrators, librarians, employers, parents and mentors.

High School and College for Students with Disabilities: Key Differences
This interactive table from Think College provides an instructive side-by-side comparison of high school and college in the areas of applicable disability law, required disability documentation, self-advocacy, parental role and accommodations and modifications.

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES)
NCSPES is a Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) within the Center on Disability Studies (UCEDD) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The vision of NCSPES is to move toward a new system of educational supports for people with disabilities in the twenty-first century. NCSPES leads the Post-school Outcomes/Results Technical Assistance Network, one of four technical assistance networks at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. Although NCSPES is no longer funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education, its Web site is still active.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C)
Assists State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative (NTACT:C): Effective Practices and Predictors Matrix
This resource provides a list of evidence-based practices, research-based practices and promising practices that support Transition Education.

Postsecondary Education as a Critical Step Toward Meaningful Employment: Vocational Rehabilitation's Role
Makes the important point that a postsecondary education makes a significant difference in the employability of people with disabilities and describes the support that state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) systems may provide to individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing higher education.

Postsecondary Education Supports and Accommodations
Explores the supports that are currently offered in postsecondary education and the manner in which they are offered. Postsecondary supports are different from those in secondary education and may affect outcomes for students with disabilities.

Rutgers University: For Collegians with Disabilities, Success Linked to Mentoring, Self-advocacy
This research report by Paula Barber from the Heldrich Center at Rutgers University found several factors influence postsecondary degree completion of students with disabilities including mentoring relationships, perseverance and determination, a positive attitude, work experience and accommodations.

Supporting Accommodation Requests: Guidance on Documentation Practices
This April 2012 document from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) presents a conceptual framework for using disability documentation to make informed decisions in a postsecondary setting.

Think College! College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Think College is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, funded by federal grants focused on postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities.

We Connect Now
Dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on helping college students succeed in accessing higher education and employment. Contains stories, blogs, news, links and information on a variety of topics.