College Planning for the Child with Special Needs: A Parent and Teacher Collaboration

If you are working with parents of young children with special needs, college preparation is probably the furthest thing on their mind as they attempt navigate the confusing labyrinth of special education under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and America’s failing public education system. However, your third grader with learning deficits or fourth grader on the Spectrum today, will be a high school student tomorrow in a blink of an eye. A college degree is not for everyone; especially today when many blue color professionals and tradesmen/women are making more than the college educated. It is not uncommon to pay much more for household electrical or plumbing services than it is to go see your family physician. With that being said, a college education is an admirable and attainable goal for most, even the student with special needs. This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher was submitted by Dr. Michael A. Grimaldi.  It will address college planning for the child with special needs.

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