Learning Disability: Life after High School

In this article, the authors provide guidelines and summarize research on the challenges faced by adults with LD when transitioning to post-secondary schooling and employment. It also highlights issues around disclosure of learning disabilities and requesting appropriate accommodations for a course of study in college or to perform essential functions on the job.
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Author(s): 
Technology Transfer Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
University at Buffalo
Published: 
2006
Number of Pages: 
1
Product Type: 
Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 4--ABE Intermediate High
NRS EFL 5--ASE Low
NRS EFL 6--ASE High
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This article covers the major points that a person with a learning disability may face when transitioning from high school to postsecondary activities - be it college/university, career/technical or employment. Although the primary focus is about the need to know one's self in an effort to understand when to ask for accommodations or when to disclose a disability, the role of practitioners to help educate learners about their options and issues they may face in dealing with transitions are also evident.


Some useful features of the article include:

  • An emphasis on the need for more K-12 education regarding transition for students with learning disabilities.
  • Guidelines for people with learning disabilities to follow when transitioning from K-12 to college, technical training, or to the workplace.
  • A number of descriptive studies that support the need for transition education for people with learning disabilities.
  • Statistics relevant to the success of people with learning disabilities in college, technical training, or the workplace.
  • Links to legal and other documents that may assist people with learning disabilities as they transition to college, technical training, or the workplace.
  • An emphasis on the need for technology training - especially assistive technology - for people with learning disabilities who are entering college, technical training, or the workplace.
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