Transitioning from High School to College When You Have a Disability
Students with disabilities face specific obstacles in high school, and that is no different when they move away to college. However the ways in which students with disabilities manage their education does change. The Disability Blog posted a story on the transition students with disabilities make when they move away to college, along with tips on how to prepare for and manage this transition, such as the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will make students with disabilities successful.
"College can be likened to a job with certain KSAs – knowledge, skills and abilities. Having the right KSAs will make college successful for all students, but especially those with disabilities.
K – knowledge of what disability resources and services are available at the college and how the system works, knowledge of what you need and why and knowledge of your goals.
S – skills with adaptive technology (exposure and training on AT should happen in high school), skills in talking with people about your needs and skills to follow a schedule you develop.
A – ability to work hard to do the academic work, ability to self-advocate and a very important ability, being independent as a college student regardless of the supports or accommodations that you may need."