Making My Way through College is a guide 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.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, schools may not discriminate on the basis of disability and must ensure that the programs being offered, including extracurricular activities, are accessible to students with disabilities. Under these laws, a person with a disability is anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.
Families and professionals who work with students entering or in postsecondary education are encouraged to share this guide with any students who may benefit from the information.