Resources Related to Postsecondary Education for People with Disabilities
The following 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.
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 commentary are welcomed.
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.
HEATH Resource Center
Provides on-line 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.
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 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.
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 Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center - Postsecondary Resources
Contains links to resources that “support transition to and success in postsecondary educational environments” of students with disabilities.
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.
Check out the updated web site 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!
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.
| The development of this website was funded by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
Florida Department of Education (2010 - 2011, 291-2621A-1C008).