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Northwest Missouri State University


Transition from High School to College

Students who come to college after receiving services through their high schools must adjust to the different laws regarding access to services. Self-advocacy is a skill that students should practice inside and outside the classroom. Students benefit when they understand the challenges imposed by their disabilities, know their strengths, and can communicate these to their instructors. Students must also know what kinds of classroom assistance will help them use their academic abilities. Students are encouraged to approach their instructors early in the trimester in order to discuss what they need in the classroom.

A valuable resource tool for students with disabilities is the Transition Guidebook (click on Missouri College Guidebook: Transition for Students with Disabilities). This website contains information that students, teachers, and parents must know for students to be successful in postsecondary education. Students with disabilities must be much stronger self-advocates than other students.

Additional valuable transition resources, including the U.S. Department of Education's "Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities," are listed on the "Other Resources" page.