Preparing for Postsecondary

Eligibility for Academic Accommodations at College




Documentation can be provided through the Support for Accommodation Request form (SAR instructions) or other school records. The SAR is completed at the student’s exit IEP meeting at the end of the senior year.  After review by the college student disabilities services provider, additional information may be requested to determine a student’s eligibility for accommodations. The cost of any testing will be the responsibility of the student and family. PLEASE NOTE: Accommodations may vary from each university/college/community college, and even within specific programs of study at the same college. Each postsecondary school has a disability director (although titles may vary from place to place) and it is extremely important to discuss the accommodations that the possible program can provide for the student.

Differences Between High School & College for Students With an IEP




This document helps compare the differences between high school and college. It includes categories such as behavior support, parent involvement, transportation, and attendance.

Differences Between High School & College For Students With a Disability




Very few high school accommodations will follow a student to college, and almost NO modifications will be allowed at the post-secondary level. It is important to understand this difference and how this may impact post-secondary plans. This document may be helpful in the review all of the student’s accommodations and modifications at high school IEP meetings to see if they still need/use all of them listed on the previous IEP. It is also very important to discuss that

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)




This is the first step if you want financial aid from the federal and state government or most colleges. Filling out the FAFSA can be intimidating. FAFSA:  The How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them) can be a helpful tool to guide you through the process. Since the FAFSA is based on your income, you must have your taxes done prior to completing the FAFSA.

Disability Services at College




First, it is critically important to understand that the services a student has gotten while in high school DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY follow them to college. This is because postsecondary institutions must follow Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines which is different from high schools, which must follow IDEA guidelines. Services at each postsecondary institution can vary greatly.  It is important to connect with the Disability Service Directors/Coordinators when going on college visits to discuss what accommodations that particular university/college is able to provide. (These will be based on services that the student has previously received on their IEP in high school.) Each community college/college/university is required to have a disability director and/or disability services office.  As you explore potential colleges, type “disability services” into the search bar on the college website to find out who to contact. The disability services website will outline the process to request accommodations; many have an online application that must be completed.

Students should call or make an appointment to visit with the disability director when they are scheduling college visits. PS: It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to do this as soon as possible. College work is much more challenging, and it is better to start out using the approved accommodations as students transition to their new environment instead of trying to dig out of a deep hole later!

Making My Way Through College




This guide, Making My Way Through College, is for any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. You will find information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability.

Job Corps




Job Corps offers a comprehensive array of career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers. Job Corps employs a holistic career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills and social competencies through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs. Denison Job Corps       Ottumwa Job Corps

Registered Apprenticeships in Iowa




Iowa Workforce Development has created Registered Apprenticeship, is business and industry-driven, with more than 29,000 programs impacting 250,000 employers and almost 450,000 apprentices in such industries as: construction, manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, information technology, biotechnology, retail, health care, the military, utilities, security and the public sector.

Important contacts

Staff Directory
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Tammy McKimmey

Special Education Consultant

712-335-6048 Email Tammy McKimmey
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Laura Reinders

School Social Worker

712-380-7778 Email Laura Reinders