While students progress through high school, their roles as “self-advocates” should continue to grow as they take on more responsibility for their own educational decisions.
Upon graduation, students have the option to further their education and to become even more confident, self-reliant adults. They also have the responsibility to understand their disabilities, their rights to equal access, and how to apply to enter postsecondary education.
A student’s self-advocacy responsibilities will increase in postsecondary education, and the role of parents and teachers as advocates will continue to decrease. Parents especially need to foster this change and encourage their children to empower themselves with the appropriate skills to be self-reliant. Students will always look to parents and trusted adults for support and advice. Responsibility for the postsecondary experience lies in the hands of the student.
The following links are provided to assist students with disabilities in their transition from high school to college.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
The Next Steps: A Guide for Students Transitioning to College
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