for Delaware Transition-Age Youth and Their Families
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The transition from childhood to adulthood can be both exciting and challenging. There are many things to keep in mind as you (or your child) approach adulthood. While it is never too late to plan for the future, we recommend that you start thinking about and preparing for the transition to adulthood early in the teenage years.
There are many ways in which people with disabilities can pursue education after high school. Whether you are a student or the parent of a student, there are many things that you should think about if you are interested in exploring education after high school – which is often called “higher education.” The world of higher education will present challenges that are very different from the trials of high school.
This guide provides information to help you learn to advocate for yourself. There are fewer protections that are required by law for college-level students with disabilities, as compared to those protections provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Thus, learning how to advocate for yourself will be very important for you to navigate and succeed in higher education.
This guide provides an overview of common issues and questions that you will likely face about higher education. While this guide does not cover every topic related to higher education that you might encounter, it is here to offer you some insight into some common issues. Each individual’s situation is unique and this guide is not intended to constitute legal advice on your specific circumstances.
Please use this table of contents to navigate to sections of this guide that are of interest to you: