More and more, students with disabilities are seeking education beyond high school. The transition from high school to a postsecondary educational setting can be difficult for any student, but there are additional barriers and challenges that exist for students with disabilities. This course will provide you an in-depth understanding of how to support young people with disabilities as they navigate postsecondary education and provide methods for preparing a student for higher education while still in high school. It will also cover several postsecondary supports and services that are available for students with disabilities in postsecondary education.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Students with Disabilities and Higher Education A. A Tale of Two Students B. Higher Education and Students with Disabilities C. Options for Higher Education D. Knowledge Check E. Student Rights & Responsibilities F. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Preparing for Transition to Higher Education A. Student Involvement in the IEP B. Knowledge Check C. Student Skills D. Strategies to Improve Higher Education Transition Planning E. Educate IEP Team Members and Special Education Faculty F. Educate Family Members G. Assistive Technology H. Help Students with Documentation I. Encourage Future Independence J. Review K. Summary Section 4: Supports for Higher Education A. Disability Student Services B. Requesting Accommodations C. Knowledge Check D. Academic Adjustments E. Auxiliary Aids and Services F. Financial Aid and Paying for Higher Education G. Getting Connected on Campus H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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