Going to College Resources

Going to College?

Resources Related to Transition from High School, Laws and Your Rights, and Other Information of Interest



Accredited ONLINE Schools and Colleges
This page will walk you through the difference between accreditation for a whole institution, such as regional accreditation, and accreditation for a specific degree program or department, often called programmatic accreditation.


Affordable Colleges Online: College Affordability for Students with Disabilities
An organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools and information for current and future college students and their families, has recently published a new resource for students with disabilities, titled "Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities." You'll notice that the guide is written in "people first" language and the guide utilizes a more readable font size. Multiple experts in the field with experience in academia, financial aid, and law contributed to the content in this resource guide.  


National Center for Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. 

Differences Between High School and College: For Families
This chart provides information about how high school is different from college dealing with students that have intellectual disabilities.


Going to College
This Website resource is for teens with disabilities to prepare for college and features resources and activities for students to complete.


Heath Resource Center
This Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities and contains resources on transitioning and applying to college.


National Secondary Transition Training and Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
This Center provides resources on transition for students with disabilities from the national center.


The Post-ITT
The Post-ITT Web Site is a collection of resources and activities established to aid students, parents, educators and disability service coordinators in the task of planning for a student's transition from secondary to postsecondary education.


Postsecondary Education Research Center
This Center provides program development, implementation and improvement resources for college options for students with intellectual disabilities, with a focus on transition aged (18-22) students.


Database Search for Programs
This Think College database lists inclusive programs in the United States around the country. One can search by state or by reviewing all programs.

Think College provides information on postsecondary education for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. This site shares what is currently going on, provides resources and strategies, lets you know about training events and gives you ways to talk to others.


Think College Island
Think College offers resources and information targeting middle school students of all abilities so they may start thinking about college.


Transition Checklist for Families
This checklist gives information about how to transition from high school to college.


Transition Coalition
The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.


Wright’s Law College: Continuing and Higher Education
This guide provides various aspects of the process of transitioning to postsecondary education. It includes tips on getting started, choosing a college, articles, success stories, law, financial assistance, resources and publications.


College Scholarships.  
This site provides a host of information for students preparing to go to college.


Laws and Rights


Frequently Asked Questions on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in Postsecondary Education by the Pacer Center.


Postsecondary Education Supports and Accommodations: Frequently Asked Questions by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.


Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, by the US Department of Education.


 The Differences in Rights and Responsibilities in Secondary and Postsecondary Education, by the WNY Collegiate Consortium and Disability Advocates.


Overview of the Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act Reauthorization, by the national Think College initiative.



Other Information of Interest

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individual involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality resources to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.


Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program (CTPP) designation
Programs may apply for this status so students with intellectual disabilities in the program can be eligible for federal financial aid.


Equity and Excellence in Higher Education
This Website provides college and university faculty with strategies for instruction that create an inclusive and accessible classroom, supportive of the learning diversities of its students.


Frequently Asked Questions
Think College offers information on program development and sustainability through a listing of frequently asked questions.

IMPACT: Feature Issue on Postsecondary Education and Students with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities
This feature issue of Impact reviews what we know, and what we still need to know, about what works to support increased participation of students with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities, in postsecondary education and why that participation is important.

Think College Standards, Quality Indicators, and Benchmarks for Inclusive Higher Education
These Think College Standards and other resources were designed for programs to assist students with intellectual disabilities achieve higher education and to expand as well as enhance education to support positives outcomes for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.