Transition to Post Secondary Education

The transition for a young person with an Intellectual Disability(ID) to post secondary education will most likely have commenced while you were still at school. Education options would have been discussed with you and your family while you were at school and further study and apprenticeship courses will have commenced. These courses however, can be extended to higher level certificate courses when you leave school or you can begin new ones.

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Up until now you have had your school and teachers’ support in managing your studies. Many systems have structures in place to support you with your transition to post secondary education but it is good to be aware of what is required and be as independent as possible. Some areas you need to think about are:

  • What goals have I set for myself?
  • What further study do I want to do?
  • Where is the course I want located and how do I get there?
  • Will there be work experience as a part of my course?
  • What support do I need in organising a course?
  • What information about me do I want to tell the teachers?
  • How do I get help when I am on campus or on work experience?
  • How do I get myself around the campus?
  • Is there a map I can download or access to see where everything is?
  • How well do I interact and communicate with other people?
  • If my course is online, do I have access to the technology to support this?
  • What do I need to do to prepare myself for social interactions?

This is the next stage of your education that you have been preparing for while you have been at school. Your family and teachers are confident that you have the skills for this transition to post secondary education. Get yourself organised  and make sure you meet with your teachers before you leave school to answer any of your questions about this next transition and enjoy!

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