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Postsecondary Education
Postsecondary Resources for School Professionals

Identifying Postsecondary Options
Applying to a College or Program
Financial Planning for Postsecondary Education
Disclosing a Disability/Requesting Accommodations
Supporting Postsecondary Youth
Programs for Youth with Significant Disabilities
Resources Related to Postsecondary Education for People with Disabilities

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

  • Individuals who participate in postsecondary education have better jobs. Youth with intellectual disabilities have the lowest rates of education, work, or preparation for work after high school of all disability groups. Nationally, there is a growing interest in postsecondary education as a way to improve employment and other key life areas for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID)” (Migliore, Butterworth & Hart, 2009).
  • The 2013 Disability Status Report for the State of Florida, published by Cornell University, indicates that only 30.8% of working-age people with disabilities are employed. This is in sharp contrast to the 74.6% of working age individuals without disabilities who are employed. This shows a 43.8% gap between the employment rates of people with disabilities and people without disabilities.
  • The poverty rate statistics are included in the 2013 Disability Status Report for the State of Florida. The poverty rate of working- age people with disabilities in Florida was 28% while the poverty rate of working-age people without disabilities in Florida was 14.3%. Working-age people with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as working-age people without disabilities.
  • A national survey was given to college programs for transition-age students with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) in 2008. In this survey, program coordinators indicated the valuable impact of the postsecondary experience for students with disabilities. The top four responses are as follows (Papay & Bambara, 2011):
    • To gain employment or gain training for employment
    • To participate in inclusive postsecondary classes
    • To learn and exercise independent living skills
    • To attain postsecondary educational benefits.

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. 

References

Erickson W. Lee C., von Schrader, S. (2014). 2012 Disability status report: United States. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Yang Tan Institute (YTI). Retrieved from http://disabilitystatistics.org/reports/2012/English/HTML/report2012.cfm?fips=2000000&html_year=2012&subButton=Get+HTML#introduction

Migliore, A., Butterworth, J. and Hart, D. (2009). Postsecondary education and employment outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities. Think College Fast Facts, Issue No. 1. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion. Retrieved from http://www.thinkcollege.net/component/resdb/item/t-110/611

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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