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College and College Prep

More and more students with learning disabilities are enrolling in college and universities. And more and more higher education institutions are offering support programs for students with LD. Here we’ve assembled information to assist in the planning and selection process, plus lots of advice on creating a successful post-secondary education experience.

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Conducting Research

The ability to conduct research is a critical skill that all students need to be college and career ready. Across the country, it is common for students from the elementary grades through high school to be required to carry out a research project in English Language Arts (ELA), social studies, history, or science.

Reading Difficulties and Solutions for Passage-Based Reading on the SAT

In this excerpt from the LD SAT Study Guide, the author explains how to solve many of the problems that plague students while they tackle the Passage-Based Reading sections of the SAT.

Using Multimedia to Support Reading Instruction

Career Search: Start Charting a Path for Youth Now

This article from PACER looks at some ways parents can help their teens explore interests through volunteer work, hobbies, or internships. Exploring these ideas makes transition to adult life easier and help youths decide which career path to take upon graduation.

The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure in a Postsecondary Academic Setting

When you continue your studies after high school, should you tell the school and instructors about your learning disability? This article will help you decide when and how to disclose your disability to obtain accommodations.

Top Ten Things to Think About as You Prepare for Your Transition to Adulthood

Make a plan for your transition from school to college. Some things to think about include 1) Know your disability. 2) Know your needs. 3) Weigh your postsecondary options. 4) Handle college entrance exams. 5) Document your disability. 6) Be your own advocate.7) Manage your time and 8) Handle your own mistakes.

The Documentation Disconnect for Students With Learning Disabilities: Improving Access to Postsecondary Disability Services

A Report from the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities*

Transitioning Students with Disabilities to Higher Education: Attitude and Self-Advocacy

How can you help high school students get ready for post-secondary education? Review these recommendations from the Department of Education and find out how to help students understand their disabilities, explain their disabilities to their professors well enough to obtain accommodations, and develop the computer and time-management skills required of college students.

Creating Options: 2007 Financial Aid for Individuals with Disabilities

Find the funds to go to college. Parents and potential students, read this guide authored by HEATH Resource Center, an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Read about the basics of federal and private financial aid. Learn the important details of vocational rehabilitation, social security, and disability-specific funding sources.

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

How do a student's rights and responsibilities change when they move from high school to post-secondary education? Read these questions and answers from the Department of Education to find out.

The Law After High School

Learn about your legal rights and responsibilities for accommodations on the job, disclosure of your disability, documentation of your disability, and many other issues that come up after graduating high school.

Questions to Ask Colleges About Assistive Technology Resources

It is important that students with disabilities consider accommodations that colleges provide, including assistive technology (AT) devices and services. This Info Brief highlights differences between the availability of AT in the K-12 environment and college setting, poses questions related to AT that students should consider when selecting a college, and offers links to resources about AT and support networks of interest to prospective college students with disabilities.

College or Training Programs: How to Decide

If you are a high school student with an IEP who is trying to figure out whether to go to college or other post-secondary education, this article is for you. It tells you the options available and gives you guidance on how to use your IEP to prepare for them.

Ten Tips That May Help Ease Your Child's Transition To Adulthood

An Effective Model for College Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders

A study of 26 students with LD and ADHD, who used the VCU Supported-Education Model, is summarized. Students received intensive education supports such as an Individualized Academic Support Plan.

Graduate Motivated, Even with Learning Disabilities

Building the Bridge Between Community College and Work For Students with Learning Disabilities

Ellen Carter Woodbridge - Mentor Teacher

Ellen Carter Woodbridge, a learning specialist, in the Disability Support services at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 1999 she brought her skills to the Disability Seaport Services (DSS) program at GWU.

Ellen began working at GW in 1983 as an instructor in the English Department, and then became the Assistant Academic Coordinator for the Athletic Department.

Meeting the Challenges of Maintaining Confidence as a Learner

Age of Majority: Preparing Your Child for Making Good Choices

At the age of majority (age 18-21 in most states), educational rights are transferred from parent to child. In special education, the child becomes responsible for IEP and graduation decisions. This article teaches parents to help their children make decisions. Young adults can discover how to use their new legal rights.

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