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Addressing the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students With Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
(February 2004)

NCSET Information Brief
Persons with disabilities usually must overcome a variety of challenges not faced by their peers without disabilities in order to gain entry to and succeed in postsecondary education. These challenges are often especially difficult for persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse heritage. This brief identifies the major challenges of postsecondary education for persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse heritage and provides recommendations to postsecondary institutions for supporting the educational success of these students.

An Effective Model for College Students With Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (February 2004)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
College students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders who participate in the Virginia Commonwealth University Supported Education Model tend to stay in school and progress in their educational programs, according to a study conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports. This brief describes the VCU Supported Education Model and results of the study.

Building Bridges Toward Science Careers for Youth with Disabilities (April 2004)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
This brief outlines results of a research project designed to (a) create a model facilitating greater access for students with disabilities to postsecondary education and careers in science and technology, and (b) investigate issues related to the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities. The researchers sought to gather information to promote a seamless transition for high school students with disabilities to math, science, engineering, and technology education at community colleges.

Challenges in Coordinating and Managing Services and Supports in Secondary and Postsecondary Options (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
Current practices and policies, including differences between youth and adult service delivery systems and the lack of interagency collaboration, complicate service coordination for youth with disabilities. As youth with disabilities prepare to leave secondary school, they and their families face the challenge of finding services and supports appropriate for adult life. This brief identifies the barriers to successfully managing supports for individuals with disabilities, and provides recommendations for overcoming these barriers. This brief was written for secondary and postsecondary educational administrators, policy makers at the state level, rehabilitation counselors, and researchers in the field of education and rehabilitation.

Criando Estudiantes de Postsecundaria con Discapacidades: Convirtiéndose en el Mentor, Abogado y Guía que su Hijo Necesita (March 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "Parenting Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs." Este artículo se enfoca en la importancia de la participación de los padres en la transición de High School (preparatoria) a un ambiente postsecundario y proporciona recomendaciones concretas para ayudar a los padres a aprender cómo ser mentores y abogados de sus hijos. Incluye recursos para padres y referencias.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Implications for Transition Personnel (October 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
This Essential Tool summarizes current research about transition issues and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) youth with disabilities. It also offers information on how transition personnel can effectively support these youth by building on their strengths and enhancing natural supports available within their families and communities. Also included are numerous practical tools, and information on further resources.

The Emergence of Psychiatric Disabilities in Postsecondary Education (September 2004)
NCSET Issue Brief  
An unprecedented and growing number of postsecondary students report psychiatric disabilities. This brief provides a brief definition of the issue and an outline of the primary barriers such students face in completing postsecondary education. The brief also offers strategies for postsecondary professionals, recommendations, and further resources.

Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs (April 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This parent brief, developed collaboratively by PACER Center and NCSET, discusses the important issues that parents face when their adult child with a disability is moving on to postsecondary education.

Providing a Quality Accommodated Experience in Preparation for and During Postsecondary School (March 2002)
NCSET Information Brief
NCSET’s Information Briefs cover topics of current relevant interest in secondary education and transition, focusing on major trends, developments, and program practices that inform efforts to promote successful learning experiences for youth with disabilities. This brief provides a case example to illustrate the challenges youth with disabilities face without appropriate accommodations. Includes a comparison of minimum and quality accommodations, steps toward a quality accommodated experience, and national resources to support youth, families, and professionals.

Supporting Youth With Disabilities to Access and Succeed in Postsecondary Education: Essentials for Educators in Secondary Schools (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
Recent efforts to improve the postsecondary school outcomes of youth with disabilities have focused on curriculum quality and exposure to non-academic opportunities. Of equal importance is ensuring that students with disabilities are active participants in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and understand the differences between secondary and postsecondary school environments, especially in regard to provision of supports, services and accommodations. This brief outlines the differences in assistance determination and provision encountered by youth with disabilities as they transition into postschool environments. It also offers related recommendations on improving the transition process for youth with disabilities.

Transition Services for Students Aged 18-21 with Intellectual Disabilities in College and Community Settings: Models and Implications of Success (December 2006)
NCSET Information Brief
This brief provides an overview of some successful models of transition services being implemented in postsecondary settings, describes one such model implemented by the Baltimore City Public School System in three local colleges, and presents some of the implications and strategies for success of this model.

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