Begin taking positive steps toward your academic progress by staying involved in your transition process. The key to successful transition to postsecondary education is early planning. Maintain high academic standards and expectations throughout your elementary and secondary school years.
Time Management and skill development (i.e., independent living, mobility and self advocacy skills) are key to academic and personal success. For more help on “how to” prepare for college please see the following:
Things to Strongly Consider
(9th Grade to 12th Grade)
Develop a clear understanding of the scope of your disability.
Take an active and respective role in listening and advocating for your goals with your guidance counselor and parents.
Develop skills for independence academically.
Determine what courses are required for admission to college.
Investigate assistive technology tools.
Identify your interests, skills-sets and accommodation needs.
Determine the colleges and or universities that you are interested in attending.
Attend college fairs and plan to visit the schools that you are interested in attending.
Gather information from colleges about services offered to students with disabilities.
Identify application deadlines.
Participate in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, sports, etc.
Take ACT or SAT with or without accommodations.
Identify people to write letters of recommendation for you.
Invite DVR counselor and other persons to IEP meeting to discuss and plan for your post-secondary options.
Obtain documentation of disability from current assessment for college entrance.
Talk with students that are receiving accommodations and other post-secondary education trainings about their experiences.
Prepare college applications.
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