Once your teen graduates from high school many of the supports they’ve come to rely on will not be available at the next level—and those that are will require the student to proactively seek them out. With the responsibility squarely on the student’s shoulders, these guidelines will help ensure a smooth transition to higher ed and set the student up for college success.
When students with learning differences transition from high school to college, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) replace the IDEA as their source of legal protections. This ushers in a new standard for receiving Assistive Technology (AT) services: college students with disabilities must be provided with aids, benefits, or services that level the playing field and that provide them with an equal opportunity to achieve the same result or the same level of achievement as others.
Parents play a critical role in helping their child make a smooth transition to college. Use these guidelines to identify and track your child’s readiness in key areas and work with their school team to make improvements where necessary.
by Daria Rockholz, PhD, with Eve Kessler, Esq. for Smart Kids with LD
Helping your child prepare for college involves more than just academic readiness. Encouraging the independence they’ll need to succeed begins in high school by having them assume greater responsibility for all facets of their life.
Finding the right college for your child with learning challenges is a highly individualized process. Rather than focus on rankings and prestige, look for campuses that are “the right fit” based on your teen’s unique skills, priorities, learning style, interests and needs.
Going from high school directly into college may not be the best choice for your child with learning challenges. Understanding and evaluating the alternatives can help put your young adult on a career path in line with her abilities, strengths, and maturity level.
For young adults with learning challenges, accessing supports in college is entirely student-driven. Using this step-by-step guide will help your child get off to a strong start by receiving the accommodations they’ll need to succeed as they embark—and continue—on their higher education journey.
College is not the only route to career success. Helping your non-college bound teen find his path is the specialty of Rick Fiery, co-founder of Inventive Labs. This article, based on Fiery’s ADDitude Magazine Expert Webinar, Encouraging Your Children to Find Their Own Paths, summarizes his strategy for helping teens find their way to a successful career.