Postsecondary Education Options, Admissions, Policies, and Accommodations


AccessCollege: Postsecondary Education and Students with Disabilities

In order for students with disabilities to be successful in college, they need to be adequately prepared and programs, information resources, and facilities must be accessible to them. The following websites are designed to help faculty, administrators, and staff create accessible environments, programs, and resources for students with disabilities and to help students with disabilities prepare for and succeed in college. Much of the content is duplicated in other publications, training materials, and web pages published by DO-IT.

Accommodations for College Students

Accommodations for College Students provides suggestions for parents whose kids are having difficulty getting colleges and universities to waive course requirements for students with disabilities.

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Higher Education Accommodations

JAN's Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition and provides information about the condition, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information. The Accommodation and Compliance Series is a starting point in the accommodation process and may not address every situation. Accommodations should be made on a case by case basis, considering each employee's individual limitations and accommodation needs. Employers are encouraged to contact JAN to discuss specific situations in more detail. For information on assistive technology and other accommodation ideas, visit JAN's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) at

ACT Accommodations Policy

Policy for accommodations for ACT assessment.
This site includes information on: Accommodation Ideas for Psychiatric Impairments Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities Searchable Online Accommodation Resource: Psychiatric Impairments Fact Sheet: Depression Fact Sheet: Mental Illness Organizations
The aim of the Behavioral Health Initiatives of the Center for Learning Excellence at The Ohio State University is to promote dialogue between alternative education projects and supporting community partners and to provide access to research findings, practice recommendations, and current topics
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) recently launched a completely redesigned and restructured website, including the addition of a new web page on Post-Secondary Education.
Higher Education's Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA is described as it pertains to a postsecondary school's obligation to provide auxiliary aids to qualified students who have disabilities. is built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students. This site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or career schools).
The College Board is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations on its tests.
Across the country, students are preparing to start or return to college. This is an exciting time, though for some it’s overwhelming and stressful. Depression, substance use and eating disorders are increasingly common mental health issues on college campuses.
Since its creation in 2001, the Department of Education College Opportunities Online (COOL) website has helped hundreds of thousands of students and families learn about colleges and universities. Now, COOL's successor, called College Navigator and located at, offers consumers even more information in an easy-to-use format.
Almost all colleges and universities provide some level of services and/or accommodations for learning disabled students, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The colleges and universities listed on this site go a step further...they offer programs, some quite comprehensive, designed to support students with learning disabilities.
Online article: Students who have a chronic disease such as arthritis, lupus, lyme disease, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, cancer, asthma, Crohn’s disease, and sickle cell anemia may have concerns about applying to college.
CommunityCollegeUSA is a free resource on community colleges in the United States of America. Here you can request information from community colleges, junior colleges and other two-year colleges in the USA.
The purpose of this database is to assist anyone interested in locating a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities and to assist in the ongoing identification of programs nationally. Additionally, this information is meant to assist students, families, and professionals in understanding the range of postsecondary education programs and services available for students with intellectual disabilities. The information was obtained by conducting a national survey of postsecondary education programs. Over 200 programs have been surveyed and are included on this database. Check back for updates.
Institute for Community Inclusion published (2004) a side by side chart detailing the differences between high school and college located at
DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
A guide to undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, career education and online degree programs
These materials are designed for staff involved in assisting students with needed accommodations. The materials describe the process of interviewing the student and determining the areas of functional needs and then matching those needs with accommodations.
This website provides information to applicants with disabilities who seek ETS approval of reasonable testing accommodations. Please review all of the materials before submitting your request. Application forms may be obtained by linking to a specific testing program listed on the site. For information about AP®, GMAT®, and SAT® programs, refer to the Related Links in the left navigation bar.
First in the Family: Advice About College web site from What Kids Can Do features straight-up, practical advice from first-generation students who have made it to college. It includes videos, facts, tips, planning checklists, and other resources about college.
This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college. operates the College Access Website, an information-intensive portal containing resources, links, and information to support students and parents through out the challenging postsecondary planning process. The site is a state-by-state directory with an easy-to-use drop down menu to quickly connect inquirers with pertinent services and support. In many instances the information provided is state specific, making this an important tool in any search for financial aid information, career and vocational programs, questions about SAT or other standardized tests, and college and professional programs within a particular state.
Online article describes what planning for college as a person experiencing chronic illness.
The IHEC website Access Policy page directs scholars, administrators, and other professionals to current resources to Access Policy in international higher education.
The purpose of this online training module is to provide guidance on developing an Individual Support Model (ISM) to increase access to inclusive college experiences and to improve chances for the success of students with intellectual disabilities. An ISM approach provides students with individualized services and supports (e.g., educational coach, tutor, technology, natural supports) in college courses, certificate programs, internships, and/or degree programs. Offered by the On-Campus Outreach project at the University of Maryland; funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. For more information click here.
National College Access Program Directory is a national directory of college access programs. This free online resource is for students, parents, counselors, and researchers and those operating college access programs.
The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of our mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education.
Pathway is a two-year postsecondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Students live near the UCLA campus and receive independent living skill training and vocational exploration in addition to taking classes through UCLA Extension.
The Midwest PERL, developed with support from Lumina Foundation for Education, is designed to meet the policy-research needs of MHEC’s constituents through links to quality policy reports and scholarly articles searchable by issue, institutional type and sector, and publication year.
Coordinated by TransCen, has launched a web site that provides information and resources on college options for students with intellectual disabilities. The site provides answers to frequently asked questions related to developing or expanding services for students with intellectual disabilities in college settings. It also provides access to a free online evaluation tool, the PERC Self-Assessment Tool, that allows users to evaluate aspects of programs or services for students with intellectual disabilities on college campuses. This self-assessment tool provides a snapshot of the quality of existing services and provides users with a concise evaluation report. It also provides users with the opportunity to create an itemized action plan that can be used to address areas in need of improvement.
Online article: According to experts, an estimated 15 percent of students experience some form of mental illness — such as major depression –while in college.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center prepares action-oriented analysis of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education-including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.
The George Washington Disability Support Services site compares what students and faculty need to know to improve their teaching/learning relationships in class. Topics covered include: Interaction, Guidance, Confidentiality, Eligibility, Accommodation, Exams, Note taking, Rights, Grievances, and Advocacy.