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Post Secondary Education Opportunities

Many high school students with disabilities pursue post-secondary education. This may include attendance at a technical college, or a two or four year college or university. This stage in the transition process becomes more difficult because different laws govern the policies and educational practices of higher institutions. Students and parents should become familiar with these laws to ease the transition from high school to post-secondary education.

When students with disabilities are in the public school system, they are under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). They follow their IEP (Individualized Education Plan) throughout their school years. Once a student graduates from high school, they become a part of the ADA (Adults with Disabilities Act). Students and parents need to know that there are major differences in what accommodations and services students receive in the public school system and the post-secondary education.