Are there programs that offer a preview of the college experience for students with special needs?

Many colleges and universities offer a summer session designed for students with learning disabilities who are making the transition to postsecondary education. These programs generally offer workshops and training in self-advocacy and study skills, as well as strategies for managing the demands of increased independence.

Some programs also incorporate academic classes within their programs so that students complete the sessions with transferable college credit. HEATH at the National Youth Transitions Center prepares an annual listing of select programs that are open to students planning to attend any college or university Summer Precollege Programs.

Many other schools that do not appear in the listing offer their own summer orientation programs for their own matriculating freshmen. Students should check directly with their prospective schools to see if such summer pre-college programs are offered.