Postsecondary Education for Students With Disabilities

Postsecondary education refers to any formal education after completion of high school. This can include technical schools, community colleges, 4-year universities, or other formal education programs. Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) have limited employment and educational options after they complete high school. In the United States, these students are supported through age 22 years by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which guarantees them free and appropriate access to education. College, however, is not a guaranteed right, and postsecondary institutions often have educational requirements, such as minimum test scores, that must be met to access courses. In addition, colleges often lack the support systems needed for students with ID/DD to succeed.

For example, Carla is an 18-year-old senior in high school. Carla has ...

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