In 2012, an estimated 12% of persons 21 – 64 years old with a disability in the United States were found to have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. The same year, 31% of the same population were estimated to have attained some college and/or an associate’s degree. Below are tips  for gearing up for and succeeding at college, as well as other helpful resources.


(Source: from Cornell University)

Preparing for College


College Guide For Students With Disabilities

Info about preparing for college, student rights, tips for success and various resources from


Students With Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education and explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools.


Tips for Increasing College Success


  1. Develop strategies, study skills, and a network of support!
  2. Attend class.
  3. Arrive on time, pay attention, and participate in class discussions and activities.
  4. Talk to the instructor. Ask questions.
  5. Complete and check all work. Turn in neat and clear assignments.
  6. Monitor your progress. If you begin to fall behind, ask for help.
  7. Stay in contact with the office of disability support services and your professors.


Source: Mendocino College

Other Resources

HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center – Directory of Transition Websites.


Going to College – Site about college life with a disability, providing video clips and resources for planning college life.


College Accessibility: A Case Study – A study by the Paralyzed Veterans of America on the accessibility of the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania campus.


College and University Info and Disability Support Services – Various info and resources from the HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center.


Think College – Explores college options and resources throughout the U.S. for people with intellectual disabilities.


National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) – Assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. It is composed of partners with expertise in education, youth development, disability, employment, workforce development and family issues. Based at the Institute for Educational Leadership.


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) – Professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.


College Resources for Students with Disabilities– Provides information on assistive technology based on disability, as well as support to help facilitate the college transition process.