Keystone AEA Secondary Transition

February 2016

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.


Comparison Chart: IDEA, Section 504 and ADA

NICC Transition Next Steps - Register by February 12th

Join NICC Disability Services staff at the upcoming Transition Next Steps free workshop! Learn more about postsecondary education options and the differences between high school and college. Participants will also be able to participate in a campus tour and visit with exhibitors from local community agencies and even four year colleges. High school students who are enrolled in special education and/or have an IEP or 504 plan, as well as their teachers and parents, are invited to attend.
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Transitioning To College with a Disability

Going to College - Online Resource

Going to College is an online resource for teens with disabilities to learn about college life and what to do to prepare for it. It’s also a resource for secondary school professionals to help their students learn about college and prepare for success. This online resource is based on input obtained from college students with disabilities about the important information needed to prepare for college. The modules are designed to assist students as they learn to strengthen their self-determination and goal-setting skills.