Postsecondary Education & Training

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).

This Postsecondary Education and Training category provides information and resources for school professionals, students and families regarding planning for postsecondary education and training as well as available options.

The information in the Postsecondary Education and Training category is divided into two sections:

  • Planning for Postsecondary Education includes information that can assist with planning and identifying postsecondary options, to a college or program and financial planning for postsecondary education.
  • Postsecondary Options provides resources for school professionals, as well as students and families, on the following postsecondary options for youth with disabilities.


Migliore, A., Butterworth, J. & 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