Graduation from high school is a major milestone for all students. While new experiences and opportunities await, students must make important decisions about where they will live, where they will work, and for many, where they will attend college. When we talk about attending college, one should consider the full array of options available. Post-secondary education refers to educational experiences beyond the high school level and includes vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities.
One of the challenges for students with disabilities in post-secondary education is the need for accommodations and other services to support specific learning needs. Students need to be well informed about their rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities of post-secondary schools in order to fully benefit from the postsecondary education experience. Here are some important points to remember when seeking accommodations or other assistance.
- Services are intended to provide access to educational programs and services and do not guarantee success.
- Services are provided based on eligibility under ADA and 504, availability, funding, and client preferences.
Some services are provided at no cost but many must be paid for by the student.
- Students are expected to advocate for their own needs.
- Students are responsible for requesting services and maintaining contact with service providers.
Federal laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act have made post-secondary education more accessible for students with disabilities than ever before. To learn more about support services provided by Texas colleges and universities, click on Disability Support Services on the left side menu.
House Bill (HB) 1807, 84th Legislature, called for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to establish and maintain an inventory of all postsecondary educational programs and services provided for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities on its website and submit the inventory to the TEA for inclusion in the Texas Transition and Employment Guide.
Below is a link to a table of programs and services at public institutions of higher education. THECB must update the inventory at least once every two years and each institute of higher education (IHE) must report to the THECB all programs and services provided by the institution.