Post-Secondary Education

Choosing the right college or university is a difficult and time-consuming process for any prospective student. The student’s IEP doesn’t “follow” them to college or a technical institute, however, laws require virtually all post-secondary institutions make substantial accommodations for students with disabilities. It is important for students with disabilities who plan on attending a college or university to be informed of their rights and responsibilities in post-secondary.

TSLP Post-Secondary Tips for Parents

Colleges or technical institutes receiving federal funds must designate a person to help students with disabilities to access accommodations. This person may be known as a 504 Coordinator, Disability Coordinator, or may have some other title. A student must be able to self-advocate for services needed when working with an individual from the Disability Services Office at their college or technical institute.

Post-Secondary Disability Offices

TSLP South Dakota Post-Secondary Coordinators Training Webinar

Educational Opportunities in South Dakota Guide

Catch the Wave is a one-day conference designed specifically for high school students who have a disability and are considering post-secondary education (either college or technical institutes). Panel discussions with college students who are utilizing the disability services office and disability coordinators discussing entrance and eligibility requirements will be held.

At this event, students will learn to:

  • Prepare now for college life
  • Secure appropriate accommodations
  • Develop self-advocacy needed at the post-secondary level
  • State differences between high school and post-secondary school

Catch the Wave Manual


Virtual Catch The Wave Series – 2020

Week 1: Key Differences between High School and College

Week 2: Disability Services and Supports

Week 3: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Week 4: Financial Aid 101

Week 5:  Assistive Technology Resources

Starting the Conversation – College & Your Mental Health -A guide written to provide students and parents with important information about mental health during the college years and proactive steps that can help support college students, if needed.

Making My Way through College – A guide for any student pursuing a degree at a two or four-year college or technical institute.

ACT Accommodations

ACT Website

College and Career Resource Guide

Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services – OSERS)

Think College– College options for people with intellectual disabilities.  Think College Search features 309 colleges and universities that offer postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

Best Apps for Students

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

South Dakota Board of Regents

Dakota Strong – A post-secondary program that provides a comprehensive set of targeted supports and accommodations to assist students on the autism spectrum in completing their degrees.

College Preparation Checklist

Guide to Assessing College Readiness

Post-Secondary Apps for Transition