Transitioning to College

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College is very different from high school or community college. Here is information to assist you in your transition to UW-Whitewater. Click HERE for more information regarding your transition to UW-Whitewater.

Opening Horizons Conference

Planning for the transition from high school to college is an exciting and sometimes confusing time. There are so many things to consider and make decisions on. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Center for Students with Disabilities sponsors the annual Opening Horizons conference typically on the first Friday in May. This event targets students, parents, teachers and other interested individuals to explore the many aspects related to the post-secondary setting for students with disabilities. The conference will provide the participants with an opportunity to hear from a variety of presenters and gather information from on and off campus resources.

Transition from High School to College

The Disability Law Lowdown website has posted a podcast called Transitioning from High School to College for Students with Disabilities. Interviews are conducted about facts, myths, and tips for students with disabilities transitioning from high school to college. The podcast is available in two parts:

iTransition. It's all about me!

iTransition is a fee, online transition curriculum to help student who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school. There are for separate trainings with activities to help students learn about themselves, their careers goals, and the skills they need to be successful in the future.

  • Career Interests and Education Choices: It's My Plan!
  • First Year College Success: Be the One!
  • Essential Skills for College Living: It's My Life!
  • eFolio: My Online Portfolio!

Identifying Students Eligible for SSI Pass Plans at IEP Meetings

Many transition-aged students with disabilities are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is a financial benefit available to families who meet income and resource requirements and who have a child with a disability. SSI has several Work Incentive programs that could provide resources to eligible students to assist them in obtaining, advancing, or maintaining employment. Plans for Achieving Self Support (PASS plans) are one such work incentive program. This podcast is available here.

Think-Plan-Do Encourages Self-Determination

The State of California Department of Developmental Services has released a guide that can be helpful for anyone with disabilities looking for leadership tips. The Think-Plan-Do guide presents a simple plan for participating in the direction of your future and establishing leadership goals. It includes tips on everything from decision making to managing money. For more information go here.

"The Best Journey to Adult Life"

The "Best Journey to Adult Life" is a model that represents the dynamic and ever-changing developmental process of a young person's life course, with the transition to adulthood depicted as an important 'journey'. Best Practice Guidelines for the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities have been written using the words of youth, parents, community members, service providers, educators and researchers in Ontario, Canada. The Guidelines are organized into six main themes: Collaboration, Capacity-building, Navigation, Education, Information, and Research. For more information go here.

Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training

This publication is provided by WI DPI and provides excellent tips and a workbook for transition from high school.

Click here to download the [PDF]