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Postsecondary Education
Postsecondary Resources for School Professionals

Why are postsecondary options for students with disabilities so important? Consider the following:

This section provides resources for school professionals, as well as students and families, on the following postsecondary options for youth with disabilities:

College, which includes two-and four-year institutions awarding associate, bachelor and/or graduate degrees as well as some technical certifications.

Career and technical education (CTE) which focuses on career training offered by a variety of institutions and includes technical training, employability skills, work ethics, industry certification and/or direct links to career paths.

Apprenticeship which is composed of (1) paid on-the-job training with an employer and (2) classroom instruction directly related to the trade or industry in question.

Information and resources are organized on the following pages:

Postsecondary Education - Resources for school professionals, as well as students and families, on postsecondary options for youth with disabilities.

Supporting Postsecondary Youth - Information on Disability Support Services and strategies for ensuring that students succeed in postsecondary education.

Financial Planning for Postsecondary Education - Resources and information on the financial aspects of college, CTE and apprenticeship including scholarships, loans, grants and employer-paid options.

Identifying Postsecondary Options - Resources for students who are looking for a college or program, including information on college readiness.

Programs for Youth with Significant Disabilities - Information on postsecondary options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Applying to a College or a Program - Resources for students who are ready to apply to college, CTE, or an apprenticeship as well as for educators and family members who support them.

Disclosing a Disability/Requesting Accommodations - Resources on disclosing disabilities and requesting accommodations from a college or program.

Resources Related to Postsecondary Education for People with Disabilities - Resources that (a) are "gateways" to research or other resources, (b) provide foundational information, or (c) may be of assistance to educators and families working with youth with disabilities. 


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Papay, C., & Bambara, L. (2011). Postsecondary education for transition-age students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities: A national survey. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 46(1), 78-93.

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