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Post-High School Options

As a person with a learning disability, you have many choices to make about your future beyond high school. Maybe you’ll go directly to college, or perhaps you’ll explore other educational or work opportunities such as an apprenticeship, a technical institute, or the military. No matter which route you choose, we have information that will help you move forward.

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Post-High School Options

Getting Access to Assistive Technology in College

Learning Disabilities College - Assistive Technologies for Students Are you a high school student who uses assistive technology (AT) in school as a way of compensating for your learning disability? Do you have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that requires your school to provide you with a personal talking word processor, an electronic keyboard, or other useful devices to help you stay organized and complete work assignments? If so, beware! Once you graduate from high school, you will most likely need to leave behind any AT equipment your school provided.

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Military Programs

Jobs for the Military - Military Career You may be interested in the highly structured and physically active life offered in the military. Because military training involves programmed skill development with lots of practice and repetition, it may be a good option for people with certain kinds of learning disabilities. However, you'll want to be sure to carefully consider the impact your LD could have on your training decisions (for example, if you have difficulties with hand-eye coordination, you might want to steer clear of explosive and demolition training).

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Going to a Two-Year College: Is It the Right Choice for You?

checklist-college-student-sitting-in-backgroundThere are many reasons for going to a two-year college that should be taken into consideration when deciding which direction you’d like to follow when you graduate from high school. Don’t think of a two-year college as a second-choice option or one that holds less value. Many students (both with and without learning disabilities) opt to attend a two-year community college – and benefit from the experience.

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