To College

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.


Information & Support

For Parents and Patients

Going To College
This 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 for high school students) and applying for college.
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

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
Contact the department of education in your state, or the adult ed, arts, child care, higher ed, humanities, libraries, PTA, special ed, tech-prep, vocational rehabilitation, vocational-technical, or other education office in your state.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.

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.


College Disability Centers

We currently have no nationwide College Disability Centers service providers listed; search our Services database for related services or, if relevant for you, a state link above.

For other services related to this condition, browse our Services categories or search our database.

Authors & Reviewers

Initial Publication: July 2008; Last Update: November 2008
Current Authors and Reviewers (click on name for bio):
Contributing Authors: Gina Pola-Money
Lisa Samson-Fang, MD
Reviewer: Alfred N. Romeo, RN, PhD