PostSecondary Education and Training

Youth with disabilities should think about their strengths and interests, as well as what is available before considering different fields to pursue after high school graduation. Youth who may never have considered higher education or further technical training as an option should be encouraged to think about such opportunities.  Postsecondary education can include many kinds of education and training programs, including two- and four-year colleges, technical schools, short term education programs, on the job training and more.

To begin looking at the possibility of postsecondary education, youth should consider admission requirements or pursuing education/training without earning a degree. Other things to consider are: how to get information about colleges or technical colleges; what to look for when going on a campus visit; how to advocate for accommodations; and how to provide disability documentation to receive disability services.


Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training:  This booklet from the WI DPI has been created to assist students with disabilities, parents, school counselors, and others on the IEP team in planning for the student's postsecondary experience. It includes information to help students understand their strengths and identify the support and resources they will need to be successful at the postsecondary level.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Civil Rights: The information in this pamphlet, provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

ACT Services for Students with Disabilities: Information about documenting an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations to take the ACT.

ThinkCollege!  College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.  


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  • Ingredients for Successful IEP Transition Planning - Pizza Placemat
    This resources shows a visual outline of the PTP process and provides additional resources. Wisconsin state law requires transition plans to be part of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all students with disabilities aged 14 and above. The Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) is the online application used to help prepare students for life after high school.
  • Developing Meaningful Independent Living Goals as an IEP Team
    The Measurable Postsecondary Goal in the area of Independent Living Skills should be developed based on results of the most current age appropriate transition assessment. It is important that the entire IEP team has input in determining if the child needs independent living goals. Regardless of the type of disability the student has, independent living goals may be necessary to live as independently as possible once the student graduates from high school.
  • What School Counselors Need to Know about Special Education Transition and IEP Planning
    You are Important! School Counselors can provide many valuable insights at an IEP meeting, from knowledge of postsecondary education programs to school classes and preparations that lead to successful post-school entry. Counselors can help IEP team members think ahead and prepare students in their course of study so they have the scope and sequence of classes needed for admission to postsecondary programs or entry into high quality employment following high school exit.