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.

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

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
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 1) State Transition Contact, 2) Regional Resource Center Contact, 3) State Director of Special Education, 4) Part B Contact, and 5) 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.


College Disability Centers

See all College Disability Centers services providers (134) in our database.

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


Contributing Authors: Gina Pola-Money - 12/2005
Lisa Samson-Fang, MD - 12/2005
Reviewing Author: Alfred Romeo, RN, Ph.D. - 11/2008
Content Last Updated: 11/2008