Post-Secondary Education Links

Post-Secondary Education Links

Resources on secondary education for students with disabilities including accommodations, disability specific information, and scholarships.

All Students

The American Association of People with Disabilities(AAPD) 
Offers information on education for people with disabilities.

“GETTING THERE” Guide (pdf)
Information and on applying to and visiting colleges. It also serves as a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities is a wealth of resources for students with all types of disabilities.

The Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) 
Professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.

Going to College: A Resource for Special Needs and Disabled Students Interested in Attending College
Video interviews with successful college students with disabilities offers first hand accounts of their experiences and provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college.

Internet Special Education Resources (ISER)  
College Programs For Young Adults with Special Needs plus College Placement / Prep for Special Needs Young Adults

How to Prepare Your Child with LD for College 
Special Education & Learning Disabilities Resources: A Nationwide Directory

Heath Resource Center of George Washington University  at the National Youth Transitions Center  
Serves as a national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Office of Post-secondary Education 
The Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of our mission to increase access to quality post-secondary education

A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College 
Written by Roody McNair, BA & Arlene Solomon, MS,CRC, CPRD of Horizon House Employment Service. Resource from Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. This publication provides a practical guide to help people with disabilities who want to return to college – to community colleges or career institutes, or for four-year degrees or graduate education. The publication provides an overview of the challenges and supports needed in four areas: finding the right school, locating supports at your school, managing your disability and your education, and using your new educational qualifications in the search for a better job.

Invisible Disabilities and Postsecondary Education
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Working Remotely and Technology) offers information on accommodations and universal design, types of disabilities and resources.


Autism Speaks “Post Secondary Educational Opportunities” (pdf)   
Download from the Autism Speaks Transition to Adult Toolkit

College Internship Program at Berkshire Center   
The College Internship Program (CIP) is a comprehensive transition program
for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences.

Intellectual Disability

Lists programs at 12 area community colleges in Massachusetts for those with intellectual disabilities

Family Resources   
Think College resource for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Youth On the Move  
Offers information, strategies, and resources to people working with students with intellectual disabilities as they transition from high school to post-secondary life

Learning Disability

Checklist: Questions About Colleges With Special Programs  

To meet the needs of students with learning and thinking differences, colleges offer a range of support services .

Mental Health

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights! (pdf)  
A guide for students who want to seek help for mental illness or emotional distress.Produced by the Leadership 21 Committee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Chapters include: You are Not Alone, Seeking Help, Privacy, Academic Accommodations, Discipline, Involuntary Leave of Absence, Going to a Psychiatric Hospital, Forced Medication, and Resources.

Managing A Mental Health Condition In College
Resources and tips from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Physical Disabilities

Disability Friendly Colleges 
Online college guide for students with physical disabilities contains interactive charts of the most disability friendly colleges and profiles of the colleges that provide services necessary for students with physical disabilities to live on campus.

Going to College 
Getting accommodations.

Campus and Community Support, Expert Advice, & Rights for Students with Disabilities  
This guide was created to bring awareness to rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities, help them learn how to take advantage of myriad services, and provide expert advice from a postsecondary education administrator who has spent years serving college students with disabilities.

Scholarship Opportunities and Related Postsecondary Information

US Department of Education – Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities  
More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have toward you.

US Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)   
The OVAE website has information, research, and resources to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers and productive lives.

We Connect Now 
Helps college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts.

Youth on the Move Education 
To prepare youth for 21st century life, educators recognize that students need to learn how to access technology and use information that even their teachers cannot predict will emerge in their lifetimes.

AC Online: Affordable Colleges For Students With Disabilities Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities 
A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) 
Information for the Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships can be found here.

Fact Sheet last updated on: 6/44/2021