Successful Transition to College, Accommodations, AT and Advocacy


April 18 2017, Online


Transition from high school to college is a significant and critical time in a student’s life and educational career. This informative session will inform participants of process, strategies, technology and resources to help ensure that the transition is a successful one! Many students (and parents/ educators) are not aware of the various accommodations provided in college and how to access them. Learn about the different assistive technology & other supportive accommodation options for students in high school and college. We will discuss the process for acquiring Accessible Educational Materials (Textbooks and handouts in digital accessible formats), the importance of self-advocacy and awareness skills, communication with professors and instructors, meeting with counselors, confidentiality, & questions and paperwork involved. Learn the difference between high school and post-secondary laws for students with disabilities and discuss parent involvement and student independence as an adult, as well as parent and student rights in high school versus college. Knowledge on how to seek accommodations in college including: when to start; what to ask for, who to contact, and what documentation colleges require. Learn about the admission process versus the process for registering with the Disabilities Services Office on campus and how to access and use your accommodations.

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will Identify a Minimum of Five Accommodations that are available to college students registered with disability services.
  2. Participants will learn the difference between high school and college laws that support students with disabilities in accessing the educational environment.
  3. Participants will explore and identify a minimum of five assistive technology options to support students with disabilities in the college setting, including online learning.
  4. Participants will learn the difference regarding the parent role versus student role in college and identify strategies for self – advocacy while applying for accommodations and using them.


This activity is offered for up to 0.2 CEUs (1.5 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
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  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

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