College Matters: What Students, Families, and Professionals Can Do to Support College Access and Success for Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

Funded by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, College Matters is a five-part series of 1-hour conversations for secondary and postsecondary education personnel focusing on postsecondary education for students with IDD. Each speaker event will address a unique aspect of improving the pathways to success. Facilitated by Think College staff, and featuring a short presentation by a content expert, the series will provide participants with strategies to prepare and support students with IDD for college success and will allow time for discussion and resource sharing.

College Matters is designed to cover a broad range of topics critical to achieving successful postsecondary education in Florida. All sessions will be relevant to both secondary and postsecondary personnel, as well as anyone interested in promoting higher education for students with IDD!

Two sessions have already occurred: Preparing secondary students and parents for higher education including financing, changing roles, and FERPA, and Promoting inclusive postsecondary options with transition stakeholders including students and families, IEP team members, and adult service entities.

Three sessions are forthcoming; each are 3-4pm Eastern:

2/22: Developing IEPs that support college-based services including transition assessments, measurable postsecondary and annaul gaols, and Summary of Performance; presented by Maria Paiewonsky

4/5: Orienting students, parents, and professionals to academic and campus supports including disability and academic support services, the role of peer mentors/tutors, and other resources.

5/24: Acquainting students, parents, and professionals to non-academic campus resources including residential life, student life such as extracurricular activities, and work options to support student success.

Please email Jaimie Timmons with any questions. If you live in Florida and would like to register for any of these events, please do so at this link

Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00
Location: 
Virtual event
Presenter(s): 
Various