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What happen with students with IEP when they enter college?

Will the IEP cease to exist?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:35 AM on Jun. 13, 2011 in Adult Children (18+)

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  • Colleges don't have IEP's per say. However they do have services for students with disabilities.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 11:14 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • I don't believe it ceases to exist. I think the college understands that this student needs extra help and support and they have resources for that.

    Good Luck!

    Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 7:36 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • One of the community colleges in our area has a continuation program for individuals with special learning needs. They set up a plan, similar to an IEP, where they help to find classes that are appropriate, tutoring, learning tools, etc. but there is really no special treatment in the classroom.

    Answer by Kimedbs at 7:39 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • The IEP follows them, and is also reexamined.

    Answer by daps at 7:42 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Here is a link that focuses on Autism (because this is what I know) but it has some rounded information in the article. Particularly this page.

    You would start talking to your child's school between 10-12th grade to discuss a 'transition plan'. This would include discussing college options. Including Vocational Rehabilitation services fro job training and employment assistance. While there is no IEP for college there is student support such as books on tape and some schools have specialized programs including a buddy program'


    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:48 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Colleges will look at the IEP and may use it as a basis for determining whether,based upon a recent evaluation report ,they are willing or able to provide whatever accommodations are being requested. Though colleges do not follow the IEP and many students/parents find that some of the accommodations their child needed in grade school which enabled them to make progress will suddenly not being provided to them.


    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:53 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Many smart students find themselves having trouble in college not because they cannot handle the curriculum, but because they are unable to access the accommodations necessary to enable them to do so. Each disability services office is different. Some are far more willing to partner with the student (and professors) than others. Some are willing to collaborate with parents and some will not. Key, however, is that all require the student to self-advocate and for many students, this is a skill that needs to be developed late in the highschool career.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:53 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • Thank you for the information.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:48 AM on Jun. 13, 2011

  • What you really need to do is talk to your lead teacher. They should help with the transition.

    Answer by daps at 7:58 AM on Jun. 13, 2011