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College provides opportunities for students to become more independent. College disability centers can help students, living on or off campus, get services they need to be successful in class and help make the campus more acessible. The centers are a good place to go if students with disabilities are feeling stressed about their college experience and don't know where to start. The medical home can help by suggesting students contact the centers during the application process for college and by providing any documentation needed to apply and qualify for services on campus.

Resources

Information & Support

For Parents and Patients

Going To College
This user-friendly website is for teens with disabilities who are preparing for college. It has information about using your strengths and learning styles to be successful; knowing what to expect in college classes; and preparing (including to-do lists and a portfolio for high school students) and applying for college.

ThinkCollege.net
This parent-friendly site provides information, discussion board, listserve, resources, student stories, and links to colleges and programs that support youth with intellectual disabilities.

College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators
Compiled by Maryville University Online, St. Louis, MO, 2018.

Navigating College Handbook: Autistic Self-Advocacy (PDF Document 1.5 MB)
Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience written by students with autism, produced by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.

Online Colleges--Resources for Students with Disabilities
Covers educational rights, grants and education resources, with a filterable search feature for online higher education.

Scholarships for students with disabilities
An online guide to financing options and benefits available to disabled students.

College Support for Students with Disabilities (PDF Document)
This guide provides an overview of the legal rights of students with disabilities, as well as advice and next steps when considering which college to attend; and a list of links to web applications and software programs that aid students with various disabilities. Center for Online Education.net

Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
Committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in post-secondary education. Website resources include civil rights, legal resources, DSS professionals.

State Education Contacts and Information
This page has contact information for state school resources in any state, including adult education, arts, child care, higher education, humanities, libraries, PTA, special ed, tech-prep, vocational rehabilitation, vocational-technical, and other education offices in each state.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
This easy-to-use website provides information about transition during high school and to opportunities after high school including jobs, vocational education, and college. Provides links to contacts in each state for State Transition Contact, Regional Resource Center Contact, State Director of Special Education, Part B Contact, and State Director or Vocational Rehabilitation.

Foster Care to Success--Aging Out Institute
Nonprofit organization with resources, programs, and research to help youth age out of foster care and into independence successfully.

Services for Patients & Families in Montana (MT)

For services not listed above, browse our Services categories or search our database.

* number of provider listings may vary by how states categorize services, whether providers are listed by organization or individual, how services are organized in the state, and other factors; Nationwide (NW) providers are generally limited to web-based services, provider locator services, and organizations that serve children from across the nation.

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: July 2008; last update/revision: November 2008
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Contributing Authors: Gina Pola-Money
Lisa Samson-Fang, MD
Reviewer: Alfred N. Romeo, RN, PhD