Resources Related to Postsecondary Education for People with Disabilities

The following external resources are "gateways" to research or other resources, provide foundational information on postsecondary information for people with disabilities, or may be of assistance to educators and families working with youth with disabilities.



Project 10 - Standing Up For Me
The Standing Up For Me curriculum was developed in Florida and designed to advance the self-determination and self-advocacy skills of youth in Exceptional Student Education. Individuals need training in order to receive materials.


Access College: The Faculty Room
Provides a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities.

Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities in Career Education and Adult General Education (pdf)
Provides information that will assist school district personnel when making decisions about the use of accommodations and modifications by students with disabilities in instructional situations.

Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education
This commission, formed in October 2010, brings together people with disabilities and leaders in government, the publishing industry, higher education and accessible technology to make recommendations to Congress for improving postsecondary access to and distribution of accessible materials. Its website provides information on Commission meetings, documents, members, authorizing legislation, resources and contact information. Questions and public comments are welcomed.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Assists students with disabilities to identify and prepare for postsecondary programs best suited to their individual needs and vocational goals. Occupational therapy practitioners can help design accommodations, or the environmental or activity modifications needed to support participation in a wide range of postsecondary education programs and activities.

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.

Big Future
Allows college-bound students to create an account to map out their plan to go to college and explore careers. It includes step-by-step guidance about all the components of attending college, including finding a college, paying for college, exploring careers and college success tips to encourage students to make a plan to reach their educational and career goals.

Big Future - For Educators
Helps educators assist their students in planning for the future, relating to college and career plans. Big Future includes checklists, brochures, flyers and portfolios on a number of topics relating to college and career preparation including financial aid, college planning, academic portfolios and applying to college.

Bridging the Gap from College to Careers (C2C)
This is a comprehensive, university/community designed model to help college students with disabilities acquire the skills, experience and self-marketing ability to identify, compete for and secure career-path employment.

College Board Readiness and Success System
In partnership with Khan Academy, the College Board will provide students with a unique SAT study plan based on their performance on the PSAT™ 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT10, or SAT.

Council for Learning Disabilities
Promotes and disseminates evidence-based research and practices related to the education of individuals with learning disabilities to enhance the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the lifespan.

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) (pdf)
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.

Additionally, there are webinars that accompany the Replication Guide Based on Project Achieve at FSCJ. The two webinars explain the replication process.

Differences in Accommodating Disabilities in Secondary and Postsecondary (pdf)
Helps to explain how different laws apply to educational rights in secondary education, postsecondary education and beyond.

Disability Rights Florida
Provides free and confidential advocacy system services for individuals with disabilities.

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning
Includes information for families on using assistive technology to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities.

Financial Aid information for Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary programs (CTP)
Explains how students with disabilities may be able to qualify for federal funding through CTP programs and include lists of eligible schools by state.

Florida Center for Unique Abilities
The Florida Center for Unique Abilities partners with the Florida Department of Exceptional Education and Student Services, the Florida Colleges and University System, The Association on Higher Education and Disability, Council for Exceptional Education, The Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Boston (Think College), The Central Florida Disability Chamber, Greater Orlando Interagency Council, local school districts and other stakeholders to provide financial support to students with intellectual disabilities as they pursue opportunities to participate in on-campus college experiences and employment opportunities through degree, certificate, or non-degree programs. Students who have completed high school and qualify as a person with an intellectual disability may apply to one of Florida’s college programs.

Florida Department of Education - Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS): Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities (Career and Adult Education) (pdf)
Describes available accommodations and modifications that students in secondary and postsecondary career education and adult general education programs may need.

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council: Postsecondary Program Replication Guide (pdf)
Provides an informational guide on how to design postsecondary career and technical program for students with intellectual disabilities at Florida Colleges.

The Gardiner Scholarship
Scholarship funds can be used for a variety of educational supports. See the website for a complete listing.

Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities
Offers three sections to resource students with disabilities interested in going to college: My Place, where students learn how to use their strengths, learning style and interests to set goals for college; Campus Life, where students can find out what to expect in college and what professors will expect from them; and Planning for College, where students learn what you can do now to prepare for and apply to college.

HEATH Resource Center
Provides online resources for students with disabilities, families, higher education faculty, high school guidance counselors and others on topics such as disability support services, educational policies and procedures related to disabilities, the emotional experience of college, college accommodations and adaptations and accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools and other postsecondary training entities. It also has information on financial assistance, scholarships and resources to help students with disabilities transition to postsecondary education.

Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act from the Federal Government
Provides extensive resources related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)
Works to ensure that people with disabilities are welcome and fully included in valued roles wherever they go, whether a school, workplace, volunteer group, home, or any other part of the community.

Major Differences Between High School and Postsecondary Disability Services
This web page from the Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC, provides a side-by-side comparison of disability services in high school and postsecondary education including documentation, student and parent roles, instruction and grades, followed by a brief discussion of reasonable accommodations that postsecondary institutions may provide under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)
Offers a one-stop-shop of information, training and assistance to students with disabilities and their families. Additional stakeholders served to include college and university personnel, educational researchers and policymakers.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. Relevant resources include preparing for postsecondary education, postsecondary education supports and accommodations and self-determination for postsecondary students.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD)
Offer information about disability, education, employment and workforce development to youth with disabilities.

National Post-School Outcomes Center - Postsecondary Education
Contains links to a number of resources related to the postsecondary education of students with disabilities including Government Accountability Office reports, National Council on Disability reports, modules from the HEATH Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities and more.

National Postsecondary Programs for Students with Disabilities
Provides a search engine to locate specific programs and includes a list of all postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities in the U.S.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
NTACT is a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas and TransCen, Inc. NTACT serves as a transition resource for state and local educational agencies and vocational rehabilitation agencies and service providers. Announcements, resources and webinars are available on the website.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) - College and Careers: 101 (pdf)
Demonstrates how secondary transition skills are integrated into College and Career Ready standards in English/Language Arts.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Offers information about the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities preparing for postsecondary education.

PACER Center
Aims to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities based on the concept of parents helping parents; offers a number of useful resources related to postsecondary education. Search the site using the term, "postsecondary education," to generate a list of resources such as information on postsecondary options for students with intellectual disabilities.

Parents’ Guide: Transitioning Your Student from High School to College (pdf)
Highlights the role of parents in the transition process from high school to college.

Pasco Hernando State College Academic Success Center Videos
Videos ranging in size from 59 seconds to 15 minutes offer brief instructional assistance on a variety of topics related to success in college.

People with Disabilities Foundation
Advocates for people with disabilities in the areas of education, advocacy, referral services and parity in advocacy.

Check out the updated website for PEPNET, the Postsecondary Education Center for Individuals who are Deaf, where users can access online training, e-learning products, Communities of Practice, a discussion forum and more!

Rethinking College
Explores the growing movement to include students with intellectual disabilities in higher education through a 25-minute film produced by Think College.

Strategies for Success in Inclusive Post-Secondary Programs: Book I: A Handbook for Parents
Assists families with a young person headed for an inclusive college program. Each of the five strategies presented is supported by several Power Plays--baby steps in the right direction as your son or daughter with developmental delays gets ready for one of the new inclusive programs offered on more and more college and university campuses.

Students Transitioning to Adult Roles (STAR) Person-Centered Planning (PCP)
The STAR PCP was designed to ensure students with disabilities who are transitioning into postsecondary programs have the opportunity to plan their own future with the support and encouragement of other adults in their lives.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary institutions.

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.

Think College! LEARN
Provides self-paced modules using multimedia tools such as videos, publications, interactive learning activities and podcasts to share information on topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Module
Teaches postsecondary educators the concepts, strategies and benefits of UDL.

U.S. Department of Education: Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities
Explains the postsecondary student’s responsibilities to identify the need and give adequate notice of the need. Gives examples of Auxiliary Aids that may be requested.

U.S. Department of Education: Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators
Provides high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment.

U.S. Senate Hearings on Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities
Provides links to legislative updates impacting postsecondary education access for students with disabilities.

Working with Faculty
Serves to help faculty and staff understand and help students determine and use, supports or accommodations to participate in the college classes. This module was created by Heath Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities, entitled “Students with Disabilities in the College Classroom: What College Faculty Need to Know?”