Disability Service Coordinators from SD colleges & technical insitutes Video


AT Webinar Series: College Prep: AT available for freshmen
Ernetta Fox, Director of  Disability Services at the University of South Dakota presents information on a variety of Assistive Technologies and recommendations in preparing high school students (particularly incoming freshman) for college.


SD Post-Secondary Documentation Disability Guide

This guide will assist all organizations to determine their roles and to assist students with disabilities who enroll in postsecondary education for the needed documentation.


Catch the Wave

Catch The Wave is an one-day conference designed specifically for high school students who have a disability and are considering post-secondary education (either college or technical institutes). Students will learn about preparing for college life, securing appropriate accommodations, and developing self-advocacy and communication skills. Highlights of the conference will be panel discussions with individuals who have a disability and have experienced a post-secondary setting, as well as disability coordinators discussing entrance and eligibility requirements.  Contact your Regional Transition Liaison For More Information & Updates.

Catch the Wave Dates and Locations


On Your Mark….

Making the decision to go further with education.

Catch the Wave Manual (entirety)

Tips for Parents – Postsecondary Education

Laws and Responsibilities

College Countdown Checklist

Ten Tips for a Successful Transition

Modifications &. Accommodations

Get Set….

Once you’ve decided that college or tech school is your destination you must decide where you are going, and what you need to do to get there.

Asking for Help

Classes to Take While Still in High School

Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

Post Secondary Disability Coordinators

Phone Script for Postsecondary Screening



When you are attending a college or tech school, there are some common traits for success. GO on toward continued education prepared with these tips for success.

Who Stays in Postsecondary Education?

Difference between High School and Postsecondary

More Thoughts on Post- Secondary Education

The transition from high school to college can be very exciting and challenging. You will learn new skills, make new friends, and uncover hidden strengths and abilities. It is an opportunity to stretch your own boundaries. You will find that there are many differences in the way high school and postsecondary programs work with you to meet any accommodations you may need. For example, in a university or vocational/technical institute, you will not have an IEP or an IEP team. Course requirements are not altered in college; however, students with disabilities may be accommodated by the use of assistive technology, extended time for exams or assignments, or other appropriate means. Accommodations will vary from class to class, depending upon course objectives, physical environment, and other factors. You, your instructor, and disability services office coordinator will work together to ensure that you have reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

 There are other differences between high school and postsecondary education. For example, in the university system, you will determine how many credits to take and schedule your classes yourself. You may not go to class every day or you may have long breaks in the course of some days. It will be up to you to decide when and how much to study. Most experts recommend three hours of study time for every hour spent in class each week. This means that for a 12 credit/12 hour per week schedule, you should plan about 36 hours a week for studying and homework!

Occasionally, schools and universities may require placement exams for new students. These will help your academic advisor determine what the most appropriate courses will be for your first year.

Working with an individual from the Disability Services Office at the college or technical institute, you must be able to self-advocate what your disability is and what accommodations/services you will need to be successful. It is in your best interest to make early contact with the Disability Services Office at the institution you are planning to attend and to set up a meeting to discuss your particular needs.

Important things to keep in mind:

*be aware of your own academic strengths and weaknesses and be able to state them clearly;

*initiate action on your own behalf. This means finding out who’s responsible for ADA/Disability Services at the institution, making and keeping an appointment with that person;

*preferably before registering for classes, provide all documentation required  and request special accommodations in advance.

*be aware of the requirements for each course you will be taking and be able to identify the accommodations needed to allow appropriate access;

You’ll also need to think about housing. At the South Dakota universities, there are campus residence halls; all students (except married students, students with children or students living at home with their parents) are required to live on campus for their first two years of study. Campus residence halls at technical institutes in SD are minimal. Students then must make arrangements for their own off-campus housing and appropriate transportation.