For Students and Families,
Your transition from school to adult live is an important series of steps. Links have been provided on this page to assist you in planning for life beyond Upper Perkiomen High School. Specific questions about your transition from school to adult life can be addressed by Mr. Shane Thrush, the District Transition Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Giblin, the Asst. Director of Special Education, or Dr. Andrea Farina, the Director of Special Education.
The resource list provided is NOT exhaustive, but can serve as a starting point for planning.
Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide: This website is organized by topics. The topics cover key areas of transition, including postsecondary education and training, employment and community living. The website also has links to other Pennsylvania agencies and departments that can help support your transition. You can access the website anytime and look for information when it is important for you. If you cannot access the website, you can request a CD or printed copy of the website's documents by contacting your school or by calling the Pennsylvania Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) at 800-446-5067.
Autism Speaks: Post-secondary Education Guide: Autism Speaks designed this publication to help you and your family explore the different opportunities and learning environments after leaving high school. The guide offers information on topics such as how to obtain services, advice for parents, peer to peer advice, life on campus and the differences between college and high school. This resource will help guide you through your high school years and the years following graduation.
In addition to the Autism Speaks Guide, below are two additional online resources to help you connect with disability support programs on college campuses.
The first two links provide colleges that advertise their disability support programs.
Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities
Colleges where Students with Learning Disabilities Can (and Do) Make It
Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities
This next resource connects you with disability support programs on college campuses in Pennsylvania.
Disability and Accessibility Support - Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
Below are links to questions to ask college reps, disability service providers at each college, and even questions to ask yourself/child:
Questions about Support Services (PDF)
Questions to Ask College Reps (PDF)
Other Links that Might Be Helpful:
Also included is a link for "College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities", compiled by DO-IT. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. DO-IT is a collaboration of Computing & Communications and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education.
PREPARING FOR COLLEGE: AN ONLINE TUTORIAL. This Web page from the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) program at the University of Washington shares Internet resources for college-bound teens with disabilities, including tools for preparing for college, discovering their learning style, choosing a major, choosing a college or university, considering what accommodations they might need and how to get them, getting funding for postsecondary education, using technology while in college, and finding role models and mentors.
COLLEGE BOARD FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS WITH LD/ADHD: EXPERT ANSWERS (PDF): Loring C. Brinckerhoff, Ph.D.is Director of the Offi ce of Disability Policy at Educational Testing Service. He serves as a higher education and disability consultant to Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. He is past-president of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and former secretary of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities.
COLLEGE PLANNING for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD
Preparing for College: TIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH HFA/ ASPERGERS'S SYNDROME
LAURENT CLERC National Deaf Education Center: Gallaudet University's clearinghouse links to sites. Includes listing of College and Career Programs that serve individuals with hearing loss.
DOCUMENTATION POLICY STATEMENT for Documentation of a Learning Disability. Physical Disability, Psychiatric Disability and ADHD
A Post-secondary RESOURCE GUIDE (PDF) for Students with MENTAL HEALTH Disabilities