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Education: Post-secondary Education Transition Resources

College Planning for Students with Disabilities , a guide written by Education Quest Foundation, helps high school students identify and utilize resources that will guide them through the process of preparing for college, identifying the best colleges, and applying for admission to their college of choice. While some resources are geared towards students in Nebraska, the information in this guide is relevant to students throughout the United States.

College Preparation Checklist, provided by the Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, is an online tool that helps students (starting with elementary school) and parents develop a "to do" list that will help students prepare academically and financially for education beyond high school. Each section is split into subsections for students and parents, explaining what to do and which publications or Web sites might be useful to them. While not specifically designed for students with disabilities, this tool is great for overall long term planning.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities on Rutgers University On-line offers information and many resources for students transitioning, older students returning to college and many college resources on the rights, laws, special academic adjustments and accommodations and access technology for students with disabilities.

Heath Resource Center, the online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities, has developed an online Parents Guide to Transition. This resource features information, tips and tools parents can use to better prepare their children with disabilities for transition into secondary education, a career or the community.

Pacer Center, a Minnesota-based parent center, provides ACTion Information Sheets on various topics. College or Training Programs: How to Decide offers practical tips to students with disabilities to help them determine which type of learning environment would be most useful in reaching their employment goals.

New sign Tele-Support Groups for Teens Support for teenagers planning to attend college. Their free Teen Tele-support Group is for high school juniors and seniors who are visually impaired or blind. Every week the group meets by phone to share experiences and ask questions of current college students and recent graduates who are also blind or visually impaired. You can remain anonymous, just listen, or share things you’ve learned that may help others. The choice is yours.

Think College is a website designed to educate transition-aged students with intellectual disabilities and their families on the possibility of successfully attending college. More specifically the website features a database of postsecondary education options, a database of articles related to postsecondary education and intellectual disabilities, a calendar of upcoming training events and conference presentations and helpful tools and hints about college for students.

New sign Who Me? Self-Esteem For People With Disabilities By Ryan J. Voigt, M.A., UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services, it's important to allow yourself to view your disability as one component of your life, not the only component. Another issue for people with disabilities may be dealing with discrimination and stereotypes from society. Thisguide offers tips to improve your self-esteem.

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