Resources - Planning for Postsecondary
Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Career Education Basic Skills Assessment, Technical Assistance Paper (revised February 2018) (pdf)
Provides information on 1) the legal basis for basic skills assessment in career education; 2) procedures to be followed throughout the assessment process; 3) counseling of students who do not meet the basic skills exit requirements; 4) exemptions/waivers of basic skills requirements; and 5) accommodations for students with disabilities.
Differences Between High School and College
This document describes some of the fundamental shifts in how students with disabilities are served in high school and how they are served in college. A side-by-side chart compares differences in the approaches to such topics as the laws that govern services to students with disabilities, documentation requirements, instruction, self-advocacy expectations, parent roles and student responsibilities. This document is posted on the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) website.
Economic Security Report: Measuring the Economic Success of Florida's Graduates (2016)
This report results from a partnership between the State of Florida and College Measures. It focuses on the median first-year earnings of recent graduates and completers1 from Florida’s public postsecondary educational institutions: the State University System of Florida (SUS), the Florida College System (FCS) and District Technical Centers (DTCs).
Florida Postsecondary Education Guide
This guide provides detailed information about postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Florida public and private institutions. Also available at this site for download and/or order is First Steps: A Guides to Your Child's Development, an easy-to-read resource for parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and stakeholders to help them understand these disabilities and to help these children reach their potential. This publication addresses postsecondary education options, secondary transition and other education topics, as well as an array of other topics, from birth through adulthood.
Set a Postsecondary Education or Training Destination and Map a Course to Get There (pdf)
This two-page handout developed by the PACER Center provides an overview of things for parents and students to consider in order to make a plan for a successful transition to postsecondary or training opportunities, including entrance exams, financial aid and engagement with other agencies.
Supporting Accommodation Requests: Guidance on Documentation Practices (pdf)
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.
Training: A Checklist for Parents (pdf)
This two-page checklist developed by the PACER Center can be used by parents to begin a conversation with their child or children about postsecondary education and training.
Training: What Parents Can Do Now (pdf)
This brief handout developed by the PACER Center outlines considerations and steps for parents to take to help their youth with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and training.
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.