It is helpful for parents to be aware of the differences between services offered at the high school level and services offered at the postsecondary level. Services may also vary based on institution. The following article, Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators, assists educational support systems and families in understanding the changes that may occur.
Another helpful resource is the booklet, FINDING YOUR WAY: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum by the Organization for Autism Research:https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/AHEAD/38b602f4-ec53-451c-9be0-5c0bf5d27c0a/UploadedImages/CONFERNCES/2019_AHEAD/2019_HANDOUTS/1.4/OAR_Finding_Your_Way-_A_College_Guide_for_Students_on_the_Spectrum.pdf This is a comprehensive guide on how to negotiate the transition to college for the students on the spectrum. The booklet may also assist students with other disabilities due to the detailed description of starting college.
When a student is involved in the school system as a minor, parents are involved in educational planning for the student. According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1976(FERPA), a student is the sole guardian of his/her records when enrolled in a post-secondary institution. If the student would like any information shared with others, they must complete the Authorization for Release of Personally Identifiable Student Information Form that is processed in the Registrar’s Office.
If your student is considering attending Florida Tech, this school webpage helps parents navigate through commonly asked questions during this process of choosing a college. View Information