Transition to Adulthood

Services for College-Bound Students

Every college and university in the United States is required by law to have an office for students with disabilities to provide services and accommodations.  The exact name of this office varies (Education and Disability Resources, Disability Support Services, Center for Student Success, etc.) but the office has the same legal responsibility -- to provide accommodations and support to students with disabilities.  It is the responsibility of the student to identify him/herself to this office to request services.

The types of accommodations provided by colleges or universities are guided by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) rather than the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), which guides elementary and secondary education. Colleges and universities are required to provide reasonable accommodations based on the nature and severity of the disability, but they are NOT required to modify their curriculum or their standards for graduation.

The following agencies assist students as they move on to higher education:

Resource Contact Information

(Not to be confused with AHEDD, which is an employment resource listed under "Vocational/Job Training" in this section of the Guide.) AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities) is a nonprofit organization providing support for students with learning disabilities, high-functioning autism (HFA), Asperger's syndrome (AS), nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD), and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Pittsburgh District
Provides vocational rehabilitation services to help individuals with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR can begin participating in a student's Transition planning during the student's last two years of high school. The counselor can develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) including education or training beyond high school to achieve the student's work goals.
OVR’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
Assists individuals who are blind or visually impaired
The Watson Institute
The Autism College and Community Life Acclimation and Intervention Model (ACCLAIM) of The Watson Institute is designed for college-bound teenagers with Asperger's and high-functioning autistic disorders. The program focuses on the development of skills necessary to succeed at college and includes therapeutic, learning, and social components.