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For many careers, additional education or training after high school is a requirement. Education after high school is called postsecondary education and includes trade schools, community colleges, and universities. If your child’s desired career does not require postsecondary education, it is likely they will need additional training beyond high school. Some examples of training include on-the-job training or an apprenticeship.

The Office of Disability Services is the office at the postsecondary educational institution that can provide accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services to students who have temporary or permanent health impairments, physical limitations, psychological disorders, or learning disabilities. It is important for parents to encourage their students to visit the Office of Disability Services during college visits and to register with the Office of Disability Services once they are admitted. The name of the Office of Disability Services may vary; other names include Student Accessibility Services, Disability Services Office, Student Disability Services, Disability Services, and Student Accessible Services.

Explore the following links to learn more about postsecondary education and training.

College Autism Network
The College Autism Network (CAN) seeks to improve access to and success in postsecondary education for college students who have autism. As a parent of a student with autism who is planning to go to college, CAN’s “Support for College Students on the Autism Spectrum” and “Fast Facts” documents may be of benefit to you. 

Connections for Academic Success and Employment
The Connections for Academic Success and Employment (CASE) program helps students with autism and other developmental disabilities at Texas Tech University and South Plains College in West Texas graduate and find competitive employment after graduation. CASE is for students who can meet the university’s academic entrance requirements, but because of their autism or other developmental disability need assistance in developing skills for independent living, social connections, and employment after graduation.

National Center for College Students with Disabilities
The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) provides information about disability and postsecondary education. On the NCCSD website, you can find a searchable clearinghouse and resource library and a listing of scholarships for students with disabilities, among other resources and information.

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services serves youth and students with disabilities to help prepare them for postsecondary education and employment opportunities. Services are based on specific eligibility criteria and student need.  

Think College
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with an intellectual disability. One of the best features of this website is its listing of all postsecondary programs for students with an intellectual disability in the United States.

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