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Transition Planning

Transition Planning for Secondary School Students with Disabilities

College success begins with the planning process.  Students who intend to seek disability support services, resources, and accommodations from their university must have an understanding of their presenting diagnosis, copies of current documentation and an understanding of the process they must follow to obtain the desired services. 

As students' transition from high school to college they must understand that early contact with their disability services representative will help them to effectively secure support services and help them to acclimate to the campus environment. 

It is also important for the rising college student to understand the various processes that are in place in the college setting and the responsibility that they must assume in securing support services.  The following information and resources are intended to aid students with disabilities as they prepare to enroll and/or attend college.  

These publications are available from the U. S. Department of Education and may be obtained by clicking the following hyperlinks.  These publications include useful information on transition related issues, the Americans with Disabilities Act (1991), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), and more to assist the student in understanding his or her rights and responsibilities and the role of the university in providing disability services.

This article provides an explanation of the transition process for students with disabilities highlighting the legal aspects that guide the provision of accommodations on the college level. 

Levinson, E. M., & Ohler, D. L. (1998). Transition from High School to College for Students with Learning
Disabilities: Needs, Assessment, and Services. High School Journal, 82(1),  62.

The following links provide valuable information to students, parents, and educators regarding the issue of transition to college for students who present with a disability.

Please visit:  Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) at
Select the "Students - Parents Link" and Click on "

Please print:
Making the Tranistion from High School to College for Students with Disabilities (Lewis, 2008)

This is a great resource that includes the following information:
       I. Know the Differences
       II. Information for Students
       III. Knowing Your Options  
       IV. Congratulations! You’ve Been Accepted to a College!  Now what?
       V. Self-advocacy

Transition to College -- Know the Differences

Also please be sure to visit and review other information regarding disability services offered at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

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Association on Higher Education and Disability. (2010).  Resources for students and parents. 
     Retrieved from AHEAD, Students-Parents,

Levinson, E. M., & Ohler, D. L. (1998). Transition From High School to College for Students  with Learning
     Disabilities: Needs, Assessment, and Services. High School Journal, 82(1),  62.

Lewis, C. (2008). Making the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities:   Know the
     difference.  Washington, DC:  National Center for Learning Disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights:  (1991-2007).  Transition guides.  
     Retrieved from: