Resources found on this website:

  • Transition planning: In Illinois, transition planning for individuals with disabilities begins at the age of 14. It is important to determine your goals and create a transition plan that supports those long-term goals. On-line resources are provided to assist in the transition planning process.
  • Understanding about postsecondary education: It is important that you are aware of the procedures and expectations that go along with applying for and attending a postsecondary institution. Various websites are included to provide information about this and other information that will be valuable for those interested in attending college.
  • Preparing for college: There are many things you can do to begin preparing for college throughout high school. Here are some on-line resources to assist you in the preparation.
  • Disclosing your disability: Given the change in law when you attend postsecondary education, it is not necessary to disclose your specific disability to college staff, such as professors, but necessary to discuss with disability services. Provided are resources that assist you in deciding how you will tell others about your disability, as well as who you will tell.
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of students and parents: Understanding what your rights are when you graduate from high school and continue on to postsecondary employment or education is essential. Useful websites and resources for better understanding the rights of students and parents are provided.

External website resources:


  • Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum.(2004) Editor: Stephen Shore; Foreword by: Temple Grandin. Contributing Authors: Kassiane Sibley, Stephen M. Shore, Roger N. Meyer, Phil Schwarz, Liane Holliday Willey. Autism Asperger Publishing Company.
  • College Students with Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Academic and Social Success (2007) by Louise E Bedrossian and Rodney E. Pennamon
  • Learning How to Learn: Getting Into and Surviving College When You Have A Learning Disability (2001) by Joyce Cobb
  • Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities (2001) by Paul Wehman
  • Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. (2005) by J. Baker
  • Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel (2008) by Lorraine E Wolf, Jane Thierfeld Brown, and G. Ruth Kukiela Bork
  • Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome (2004)by John Harpur, Maria Lawlor, and Michael Fitzgerald