Students who need assistive technology when entering a college or university can face a number of challenges and barriers. (Ayers B, Peters J, et. al.). However, there are processes in place that can help you achieve your goals (Figure 1).
Resources that are readily available in K-12 special education services may be more difficult to acquire in post-secondary institutions. It is important to familiarize yourself with the processes that lie ahead in your exciting future. Before you begin life-after-high school you should keep a few things in mind (See Student Transition Supports
for additional information).
- Be an advocate for yourself
- Investigate a Career Pathway with your counselor
- Have a voice in your Transition Plan
- Plan your IEP
- Clearly define your class accommodations.
- Make sure accessible text options and assistive technology is documented.
- Familiarize yourself with the Disabilities Services Office at your choice of technical school, college, or university.
Ayers, B. Peters, J., Holland, R., Wilkinson, D. (2009) QIAT-PS Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education. www.closingthegap.com