Higher Education

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) 

  • AHEAD is a professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
  • Resources are provided for educators, parents, and students.

Big Future: Educator Resource Center

  • Here you'll find college planning resources to support the work you do every day with students and families. 

Career Bridge 

  • Created by Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Career Bridge is a local resource that assists students in comparing local community colleges, training programs, and universities.
  • It has links to financial aid as well.


  • CheckOutACollege is a local resource that allows students to explore careers, and find an appropriate college program.

The College Board 

  • The College Board’s Big Future page offers tools to help with planning for college, finding a campus and paying for college. Includes scholarship lists.

College to Career 

  • A one-year transition program at Spokane Community College for students ages 18-24 with intellectual disabilities. This program will focus on helping students participate in “college life” as they make the transition from high school to continuing education and/or gainful employment.

College Navigator

  • The College Navigator provides publications, surveys, data, and tools for finding the right college that best fits students needs.
  • This website is funded by the National Center for Education Statistics, and is part of the US Department of Education.

DO-IT Scholars Program 

  • DO-IT Scholars prepares Washington State high school students with disabilities for college, careers, independent living, and leadership roles in society. 
  • Applications are accepted throughout the school year for the upcoming summer; priority is given to applications received by January 30th.

PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network 

  • PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is the national collaboration of the four regional postsecondary education centers for individuals who are deaf and hard of Hearing.
  • The goal of PEPNet is to assist postsecondary institutions across the nation to attract and effectively serve individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


  • Planning, college search, financial aid, life on campus 

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

  • The information in this pamphlet, provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools.
  • This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

Think College

  • Information and resources about inclusive post secondary options for students with intellectual disabilities
  • National College search of schools
  • Includes information on paying for college, planning for employment, campus housing and academic access

Winning in College: A Guide for Students With Disabilities 

  • This guide from EDsmart.org covers topics such as transitioning into college, rights of students with disabilities, disability documentation, scholarships, choosing the right school, and many other helpful resources for students with disabilities.