Keystone AEA Secondary Transition
Planning for Success in Postsecondary Education
Special education services in high school are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under that law, students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education, and many services are available to help with student success. In college, the laws change, and the focus shifts from educational support to program access. Students and parents are encouraged to research how Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provide for accommodations. The safety net of IDEA is no longer present in college, and this is a big change for students and parents.