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Resources for Families

"It took me awhile to really see that college was a possibility for my son but once I talked to another mother, I saw it could happen. I learned that there were people and resources that could help me, guide me. It wasn’t quite as scary knowing that I wouldn’t be alone in this."

We have collected some resources from around the web for families who want more information about transition planning and participating in postsecondary education.

For a comprehensive presentation on many of the key issues families need information about, use the Think College Learn online learning module "For Families:Options and Planning for College"  Visit the TC Learn page, and select the "For Families" button.

Web-Based Articles

Porter, S. & Freeman, L. (2000).Transition Planning for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities: Information for Families and Teens.

Newman, L. (2006). Family Expectations and Involvement for Youth with Disabilities. NLTS2 Data Brief. 4(2). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. Available at

Newman, L. (2005). Family Involvement in the Educational Development of Youth with Disabilities. A Special Topic Report of Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.(2002). Age of Majority. Parent Brief. Promoting Effective Parent Involvement in Secondary Education and Transition.

Post-secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the mentor, advocate, and guide your young adult needs. Parent Brief. Promoting Effective Parent Involvement in Secondary Education and Transition. March 2002.

Fialka, J.(2003). Opening New Doors: Transition from High School to College For a Student with a Moderate Disability.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.(2002). Postsecondary Education Supports & Accommodations

Southern Methodist University (nd). The Parents’ Role: Learning Differences at College.

Websites:

A Guide to College for Students with Disabilities

Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers

The Council for Disability Rights

The Family Center on Technology and Disability

The Federation for Children with Special Needs

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

National Center for Workforce & Disability

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center

National Technical Assistance Center at PACER Center

Pacer Center

WrightsLaw--information on education law and advocacy