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College provides opportunities for students to become more independent. College disability centers can help students, living on or off campus, get services they need to be successful in class and help make the campus more acessible. The centers are a good place to go if students with disabilities are feeling stressed about their college experience and don't know where to start. The medical home can help by suggesting students contact the centers during the application process for college and by providing any documentation needed to apply and qualify for services on campus.

Resources

Information & Support

For Parents and Patients

Going To College
This website is for teens with disabilities who are preparing for college. It has information about using your strengths and learning styles to be successful; knowing what to expect in college classes; and preparing (including to-do lists for high school students) and applying for college.

Navigating College Handbook: Autistic Self-Advocacy (PDF Document 1.5 MB)
Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience written by students with autism, produced by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.

Online Colleges--Resources for Students with Disabilities, 2016
Covers educational rights, grants and education resources, with a filterable search feature for grants and scholarships for higher education.

Financial aid for students with disabilities
An online guide to financing options and benefits available to disabled students.

College Support for Students with Disabilities (PDF Document)
This guide provides an overview of the legal rights of students with disabilities, as well as advice and next steps when considering which college to attend; and a list of links to web applications and software programs that aid students with various disabilities. Center for Online Education.net

Utah AHEAD
Committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in post-secondary education. Website resources include civil rights, legal resources, DSS professionals. Affiliate programs Utah AHEAD, New Mexico AHEAD.

Utah State Office of Education
This site provides information about Utah schools, the school board, rules, regulations, and more.

State Education Contacts and Information
Contact the department of education in your state, or the adult ed, arts, child care, higher ed, humanities, libraries, PTA, special ed, tech-prep, vocational rehabilitation, vocational-technical, or other education office in your state.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Provides information about transition during high school and to opportunities after high school including jobs, vocational education, and college. Provides links to contacts in each state for 1) State Transition Contact, 2) Regional Resource Center Contact, 3) State Director of Special Education, 4) Part B Contact, and 5) State Director or Vocational Rehabilitation.

Healthy and Ready to Work
Information and connections to health and transition expertise nationwide, for families and providers from those in the know, doing the work and living it. This site focuses on understanding systems, access to quality health care, and increasing the involvement of youth. It also includes provider preparation plus tools and resources needed to make more informed choices.

BLT Transition Training
Transition training resources and training materials for youth and young adults from the Becoming Leaders for Tomorrow (BLT) Project at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Last updated 2008.

Services

College Disability Centers

See all College Disability Centers services providers (17) in our database.

For other services related to this condition, browse our Services categories or search our database.

Authors

Contributing Authors: Gina Pola-Money - 12/2005
Lisa Samson-Fang, MD - 12/2005
Reviewing Author: Alfred Romeo, RN, PhD - 11/2008
Content Last Updated: 11/2008