Information for Parents

Printed below are several websites which include information on the transition to college for students with disabilities. These sites can be helpful for parents who are interested in learning more about eligibility for services for students with disabilities in college, documentation issues, the differences between high school and college, financial aid and much more.

Transition to College for Students with Disabilities

  • A group of college service providers in Western New York has updated a document titled "Effective College Planning" for students with disabilities. An assistive technology guide is also available for download. Check out this website.
  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education provides information explaining the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This information also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

Financial Aid for College Students with Disabilities

The HEATH Resource Center is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. HEATH has created a very thorough resource paper on financial aid for college students with disabilities.

Adult Career & Continuing Education Services (ACCES-VR) (formerly Vocational and Educational Services for Individual with Disabilities)

ACCES-VR is an office of New York State Education Department. ACCES-VR's vocational rehabilitation services program can help students with disabilities decide on career goals and get help to prepare for a job. To find a local office, check out their website at, call the local Buffalo office at 716.847.3294 or the Albany office at 518.473.8097.

ACCES-VR also has a transition website, which describes the transition for secondary students with disabilities to help students prepare for post-school employment, community living, and postsecondary education. Check out