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  • In order to be successful in post-secondary education or training, the student with disabilities needs to learn which communication, study, organizational, daily living and social skills promote success and then practice these skills while still in high school.  The student needs to apply these skills independently in post-secondary settings.

  • Students with disabilities need guidance in selecting realistic goals that are appropriate, taking into consideration their individual strengths and weaknesses, preferences and interests.

  • Take challenging courses in high school.

  • Besides academic courses, there are some community-based experiences and activities to consider implementing as part of the transition process.  Participation in these activities can provide opportunities for the student to learn self-awareness, self-esteem and social skills necessary in adult life.  These might include job-shadowing, touring college campuses and disability service offices and taking summer courses at a community college.  All of the above could be included in the IEP as goals and objectives or as part of goals and objectives.

  • Students should understand their disability and be able to explain their need for accommodation to others.

  • The student should understand that s/he is the responsible party for negotiating any reasonable accommodations that might be necessary to insure equal access of programs and services at the post-secondary level.

  • The student should understand that accommodations are granted based on documentation information.

  • Knowledge and use of assistive technology should be developed during secondary education (taped texts, computer programs, etc.).

  • Students should understand the differences between accommodations often provided at the secondary level v. those considered to be reasonable accommodations at the post-secondary level.

  • Students should have ample opportunity to rehearse procedures that would allow him/her to:
    1.  Practice self-disclosure.
    2. Identify needed, reasonable accommodations.
    3. Request the needed accommodations.
    4. Negotiate/justify the needed accommodations (per the documentation and the academic and technical standards of the program).
    5. Assist with arrangements for the needed accommodations.
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