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.
  • 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 is an organization that aims to help those who learn and think differently discover their potentials, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey. They have curated a list of financial aid and scholarships for students who learn and think differently.


Many students with disabilities entering college have not experimented with various types of academic accommodations beyond testing modifications. The Job Accommodations Network is a wonderful resource to tap into for ideas on how various types of limitations (e.g., writing, reading, math, concentration, memory, time management) can be accommodated.

Assistive Technology

The Center for Assistive Technology is located at the University at Buffalo and provides assistive technology assessment and training services for college and career-oriented individuals with disabilities on a fee-for-service basis. Contact CAT at 716.829.3441; 515 Kimball Hall Tower, Buffalo NY 14207.

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, call the local Buffalo office at 716.847.3294 or the Albany office at 518.473.8097.

ACCES-VR 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.