Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Attend your IEP meetings. Ask questions at the meetings when you don’t understand something.
  • Work your way up to leading your IEP meetings.
  • Review your current IEP with parents and teachers so you fully understand it.
  • List things you would like to do after high school.
  • Identify courses you need for graduation and college admissions.
  • Identify courses to help you succeed in college. Include those courses in your IEP.
  • Identify your social, interpersonal, communication, and independent-living skills.
  • Identify areas where you need to be more skilled.
  • Talk to parents and teachers about how to increase your skills where needed.
  • Explore career options with guidance counselors, teachers and parents.
  • Learn all you can about your disability and how it affects your learning.
  • Participate in extracurricular, community, and volunteer activities.
  • Register for the Pre-SAT or Pre-ACT tests. Ask for accommodations if you need them.

Junior Year

  • Make a list of colleges you might like to attend.
  • Contact the regional Vocational Rehabilitation office to find out whether you are eligible for services.
  • Visit three to five college campuses with your parents.
  • Meet with Admissions, Financial Aid and Disability Support Services offices.
  • Review with parents, teachers, and counselors how each college meets your goals.
  • Register, prepare for, and take the ACT or SAT. Ask for accommodations if you need them.

Senior Year

  • Apply to your colleges of choice for admission and financial aid.
  • Ask teachers, counselors, and employers for letters of recommendation.
  • If you’re going to disclose your disability to the college, submit documentation to the campus Disability Support Services office.
  • Continue to visit college campuses with your parents. Check buildings and classrooms for accessibility, if necessary. Check into accessible transportation and housing if you need them.