Post-Secondary Education Links

Resources on secondary education for students with disabilities including accommodations, disability specific information, and scholarships.

All Students

The American Association of People with Disabilities(AAPD)
Offers information on education for people with disabilities.

The GETTING THERE” Guide (pdf) – has information and on applying to and visiting colleges. It also serves as a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities is a wealth of resources for students with all types of disabilities.

The Association for Higher Education and Disability
Professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.

Going to College website for Special Needs and Disabled Students Interested in Attending College
Video interviews with successful college students with disabilities offers first hand accounts of their experiences and provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college.

Internet Special Education Resources (ISER)
College Programs For Young Adults with Special Needs plus College Placement / Prep for Special Needs Young Adults

College for your LD Child — What to Look for How to Prepare

The National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities / Heath Resource Center at George Washington University
Serves as a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Office of Postsecondary Education
The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of our mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education

A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College
Authors – Roody McNair, BA & Arlene Solomon, MS,CRC, CPRD of Horizon House Employment Service. Resource from Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. This publication provides a practical guide to help people with disabilities who want to return to college – to community colleges or career institutes, or for four-year degrees or graduate education. The publication provides an overview of the challenges and supports needed in four areas: finding the right school, locating supports at your school, managing your disability and your education, and using your new educational qualifications in the search for a better job.

Invisible Disabilities and Postsecondary Education
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) offers information on accommodations and universal design, types of disabilities and resources.


Autism Speaks “Post Secondary Educational Opportunities” (pdf)
From the Autism Transition to Adult Toolkit

College Internship Program at Berkshire Center
Provides individualized, post secondary, academic, internship and independent living experience for young adults with Asperger’s, ADD, High-functioning Autism and other Learning Differences.

Intellectual Disability

Lists programs at 12 area community colleges in Massachusetts for those with intellectual disabilities

College Options
Think College resource for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Youth On the Move
Offers information, strategies, and resources to people working with students with intellectual disabilities as they transition from high school to post-secondary life

Learning Disability

Planning for College: A 4 Year Guide for High School Students
This four-year guide can help kids with learning and attention issues and their parents keep their eye on the ball.

Mental Health

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights!
A guide for students who want to seek help for mental illness or emotional distress.Produced by the Leadership 21 Committee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Chapters include: You are Not Alone, Seeking Help, Privacy, Academic Accommodations, Discipline, Involuntary Leave of Absence, Going to a Psychiatric Hospital, Forced Medication, and Resources.

Managing A Mental Health Condition In College – Resources and tips from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Physical Disabilities

Disability Friendly Colleges
Online college guide for students with physical disabilities contains interactive charts of the most disability friendly colleges and profiles of the colleges that provide services necessary for students with physical disabilities to live on campus.

Going to College
Getting Accommodations

Physical & General Disabilities Resources 


Scholarship Opportunities

US Department of Education – Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

US Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)
The OVAE website has information, research, and resources to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers and productive lives

We Connect Now
Helps college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts.

Free Webinars on Inclusive Postsecondary Education from Think College
Offers information, strategies, and resources to people working with students with intellectual disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary life.

Injury Lawyer News Disability Scholarships
The scholarship award is available to all pre-law and law school students. All applications must be received by December 31. Applications will only be accepted by email.

AC Online: Affordable Colleges For Students With Disabilities Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
Information for the Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships can be found here.


Fact Sheet last updated on: 4/22/2019