Youth with Disabilities: Education & Transition

U.S. Department of Educationopens new page

Going to College opens a new window

This site from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is designed to help young people with disabilities learn about and prepare for college life. Students with disabilities share experiences and strategies for success through video clips and interviews, and various activities help students establish and reach their goals for higher education.

ThinkCollege opens a new window

This site provides information, resources, and tools on various college options for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. 

College Living Experience (CLE)opens new page

CLE is a post-secondary support service program for students with various types of learning disabilities. The program offers intensive academic, independent living skills, and social skills support to students who are enrolled in nearby colleges and universities. There are several sites around the country, including one in the Washington, DC area.

FinAidopens new page

This site includes information about scholarships and fellowships for students with disabilities.

Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities opens new page

This directory includes information about a variety of financial aid opportunities.

Affordable Colleges Online

This organization offers information about distance learning opportunities, including information on scholarships and financial assistance for students with disabilities, resources for students with disabilities, a guide to student mental health, and more.

HEATH Resource Centeropens new page

The HEATH Resource Center is a national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)opens new page

AHEAD offers resources and answers common questions that students and parents have about going to college.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)opens new page

The Center works to improve transition planning, services, and post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)opens new page

The Center coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.