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There are several postsecondary education options that students with disabilities can consider when planning for life after high school, including:

  • Trade Schools (i.e., Cosmetology)
  • Community College
  • Traditional 4-year Colleges and Universities

It is important to keep in mind that once a student has received his/her high school diploma, postsecondary schools have no obligation to comply with the rules and regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, there are other similar laws in place to support postsecondary success. In fact, many 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities have developed learning programs that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of students with I/DD. Additionally, most postsecondary educational institutions maintain some kind of "Office of Disability Services", which coordinates a variety of accomodations.

For students interested in pursuing postsecondary learning options, preparation can and should begin early in the student's high school years. Members of the school's special education services team can assist with this, as well as the school guidance department.

Postsecondary Education Resources

  • A resource for teens with disabilities

  • Information and resources for students with intellectual disabilities who are considering attending college.

  • Online learning resources for students and families with disabilities, best practices for meeting the needs of students with disabilities, technology supporting the community, how to evaluate and online learning programs, and many additional helpful resources.