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Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training: Planning for Life After High School

Authors: Ann Kallio, Laura Owens, Ph.D.


This is a guide to help students prepare to attend college. It has information about how to apply for admission, what information colleges want for applicants, and the kinds of things that colleges are looking for. The majority of the guide is made up of tables and check lists with practical steps and ideas to guide students in preparing for college. Below are descriptions of some of the major sections of the 16 page booklet.

There is a chart comparing the issues and requirements for high school versus college students organized into the following areas:

-Laws and Responsibilities





There is an extensive listing of necessary planning and preparation tasks required of the students as they prepare for college. There is a separate list for every grade, beginning with pre-high school and continuing through grade 12, here is the list for students in grade 10:

-Continue academic preparation and remediation/compensation strategies, and identify any assistive technology needs.

-Identify interests, aptitudes, and accommodation needs.

-Continue or develop self-advocacy skills (asking for help, communicating needs to instructors, and so forth).

-Meet with guidance counselor to discuss colleges and college requirements.

-Find out if the schools you are interested in require or recommend that candidates take the ACT or SAT exams. If they do, make preparations to take the appropriate exam.

-Attend college fairs.

-Visit colleges and other postsecondary education training options.

-Gather information about college programs and about services offered for students with disabilities.

-Identify application deadlines for postsecondary support programs.

-Investigate eligibility requirements and services available through the WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and other adult service providers such as Human Services, Center for Independent Living (CIL) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) partners.

-Participate in volunteer and paid work experiences.

There is a “Post-Secondary Planning Worksheet” for students to complete about every college that they are considering. The worksheet has specific questions/criteria organized into the following categories:

-Character and Setting

-Getting There/Getting Around

-Major Field of Study


-Financial considerations

-Services for Students With disabilities

-Counseling Services


Description above is taken from/based on the full text of the guide viewed online on 12/9/2010 (http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/pdf/tranopndrs.pdf)

Contact Info:
Organization:Department of Public Instruction
Address:125 S. Webster Street,
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707

Web Links

View the guide as a PDF file

Homepage of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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