STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OFTEN HAVE TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL AS WELL AS EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS. BUT TO FULFILL THAT POTENTIAL IN COLLEGE, THEY NEED TO PREPARE THEMSELVES ADEQUATELY BECAUSE THE TRANSITION FROM HIGH SCHOOL INVOLVES A HUGE INCREASE IN INDEPENDENCE.
1 GET AN EARLY START PLANNING YOUR
2 BE PREPARED TO ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF
3 THINK BEYOND DISABILITY SERVICES
4 ACCEPT THAT IT’S HARD SOMETIMES
5 EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE
6 CREATE A COMMUNITY
7 STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Eric Endlich, PhD, founder of Top College Consultants®, helps students with learning differences or emotional challenges transition to college. An experienced clinical psychologist, Dr. Endlich is on the advisory board of the Asperger/Autism Network, the Learning Differences/Neurodiversity Committee of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the health advisory board of Personal Best/Oakstone Publishing, and the editorial board of the International Journal of Rehabilitation and Special Education. A frequent conference presenter and regular contributor to blogs such as CollegeXpress, Dr. Endlich has recently co-written a book, Older Autistic Adults, In Their Own Words. He has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Boston College, Tufts University, Suffolk University, and UMass/Boston.