Transition Services for High School Students with Disabilities
Getting the Support You Need at NWTC
It’s important to know that the support you receive in college may be slightly different than what you’ve experienced in high school.
In college we don’t use IEPs. Instead, we work with you to put reasonable accommodations in place. Accommodation is a word we use to describe the extra academic supports you are eligible for based on your disability.
Some examples of accommodations might include:
- Less-distraction testing environment or private rooms.
- Double time for tests.
- Having your test read to you by a computer.
- Receiving audio books.
- Or other necessary equipment you might need such as a different chair, a digital recorder, magnifying items, and sound amplifying items such as a stethoscope or FM system.
How to Receive Accommodations
Another important thing to know about your college experience is that students must self-identify as needing accommodations. You can do this easily! You'll simply:
- Get connected to an NWTC Disability Services case manager.
We have two case managers, Sue Peterson and Mee Saykao. Your school counselor or IEP teacher will know who to connect you to. You can also call our office, and a staff member will connect you to the right case manager.
- Send us a copy of your IEP or 504 plan.
If you had an IEP or a 504 plan in high school, Sue and Mee can use it as a reference to see what was working for you.
High School Visits
Are you a counselor, teacher, or administrator at a high school in the NWTC district? Our case managers can visit your school to provide information about NWTC programs, services, and expectations to your students who have disabilities.
Visits include these activities:
- Disability Services informational presentations.
- Information on available accommodations.
- Information on available support services.
- Admissions procedures.
- Financial aid/scholarships.
- Program preparation planning.