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Articles, Publications and Resources About College Education
For Students With Developmental and Other Disabilities


Articles & Publications:

  • ACT Testing Accommodations – College Entrance Testing
    If your child will need ACT testing accommodations, it is important to begin as early as possible laying the documentation trail. Many college entrance exams require an application process that involves documentation of both a history of a disability and a history of accommodations in the classroom.
  • Charting a Course After High School (Education Week – 3/13/09)
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act calls for schools to help students develop a plan that will carry them to college or the workplace, but the requirement remains a challenge for familes and educators alike.
    Patti's Comment: This article frustrates me because it is so sad and so true. Schools still do a poor job of transition planning for students with disabilities.
  • College Planning for Students With Disabilities (Education Quest)
    As a student with a disability, you face unique considerations as you complete high school and plan for college. This handbook will make you aware of those considerations – and will guide you through important steps that will help you prepare for college.
  • College Savings for Students with Special Needs (Special Needs Answers – 1/5/10)
    Faced with the increasing cost of higher education, students and their families must begin saving for college from an early age — often from birth.
  • Managing College With Asperger Syndrome (
    College can be a difficult but immensely rewarding time for those with Asperger's Syndrome. New social situations, crowded dormitories, and tricky assignments can make college a challenge. On the other hand, making friends, learning new things, and achieving academic success can make college very satisfying. If you have Asperger's syndrome and you're going to be heading off to college soon, you may be wondering how you'll manage your life.
  • Transition and Your Adolescent with Learning Disabilities: Moving From High School to Postsecondary Education, Training, and Employment (Sharon Townsend)
    You have probably been concerned about your son or daughter for some time as he or she moves from the structured enviornment of school to the post-school world of postsecondary education. This booklet is designed to answer questions such as: What happens now, what do I do to help, where do I go for help?

Resources: (Websites and Blogs)

  • Fulbright Greece – Individuals with Disabilities
    The Fulbright Foundation in Greece is committed to opening up all scholarship programs to the broadest possible audience of potential candidates. This includes all individuals – students, researchers, faculty staff members, artists, and teachers – with a disability.
  • Think College
    Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others.
  • Think College For Your Child With Special Needs (Friendship Circle Blog – 9/13/12)
    I have to admit, I have been giddy ever since I began researching college opportunities for children with special needs.  How exciting!  We have always told our 13-yr old daughter with Down syndrome she would be going to college some day, but it was one of those hopeful comments where I wasn’t really sure it would ever be a reality. No more!
  • Transition to College
    Information and resources on college options for students with intellectual disabilities