• Elizabeth Hamblet

College Search and Preparation Resources for Students with Different Types of Disabilities

All students who attend college make a big transition, as the academic environment is different and more demanding, and those who choose to live on campus have to take charge of creating their own structure in order to get things done. An additional shift for students with disabilities is that the system for receiving accommodations is different than the one they are used to from high school, and some accommodations and supports they're used to receiving may not be available. Students should be prepared for these changes, and they should know what questions to ask when looking at colleges.

In my work in the transition field, I come across resources for students with learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as for students with other types of disabilities. Here are books and posts I think families will find helpful in their student's preparation and college search.

Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD

Students in this group need to know about academic accommodations and supports. They should be aware that assignment and test modifications typically aren't available, and that colleges aren't required to have learning disabilities specialists on staff.

Resources on college searches

Resources on preparation

Students with psychological disabilities

These students need to be aware of the limitations of college mental health services. They also need to have strategies for coping in the stressful college environment.

Resource on college searches

Resource on preparation

Students on the Autism Spectrum

Students in this group need to know that there may not be specialized resources available to them, and some will need to be aware of the academic and behavioral expectations for college students.

Resource on College Search

Resources on Preparation

Students with physical and medical disabilities

Students in this group should know that colleges are not required to provide personal attendants or medical care. They may also need to know about certain kinds of academic accommodations, especially those concerning attendance.

  • accessiblecollege.com - Annie Tulkin, a disability specialist, offers advice on her site (she is also available to consult to families)

Resources from the U.S. Dept. of Education's Office for Civil Rights for All Students with Disabilities

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Learn why there are changes for students with disabilities at college an how to prepare them for the transition (focus is on learning disabilities and ADHD but the information is applicable to all). Read my book, From High School To College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities.



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