Some Support • Ages 16-18 • Goal:

Choose a Program

Action step 1.

Look at postsecondary programs.

Postsecondary programs include:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Community colleges
  • Cooperative education
  • Day habilitation
  • Employment readiness training
  • Four-year colleges and universities
  • Gap-year programs
  • Life skills or independent living programs
  • Vocational education or trade school


Most communities have programs like these for students with and without disabilities.

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Action step 2.

Think about your personal preferences.

When looking at post-secondary programs, think about:

  • How many students go there?
  • How far is it from where you live?
  • What kinds of supports are available?

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Action step 3.

Look at and apply for funding.

Now that you’ve got some program options, it’s time to find out about funding. Education programs can be expensive. But there are ways to help pay for some or all of it. Look into things like:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Government student loans, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Grants
  • Internships
  • Scholarships
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Funding options may have different requirements. Keep a list of what you need for each kind of funding to help you decide what works best for you.

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Action step 4.

Make sure your evaluations are up to date.

If you need accommodations after high school, you need a current IEP, 504 plan or medical evaluation. Most postsecondary programs accept plans or evaluations that have been completed within the past three years.

If you need to schedule a medical evaluation, don’t wait! It can take months to get it scheduled, several days to complete and weeks to get results.

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You’ve reached the end of the action steps for this support level and age group.

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