Further investigation and closer looks
Sophomore year is the time to start researching colleges, universities and other post-secondary programs. Early in your senior year you will apply to post-secondary programs that interest you, so you have one more year to decide what your educational direction will be after high school. Many universities/post-secondary programs have deadlines in the fall. Make sure you know the deadline for each organization you are considering.
Remember that you're trying to find the best fit for your educational goals and your accommodation needs. For example, if you are accustomed to taking your exams with unlimited time, ask the college how it would work at their institution. Sometime during your sophomore or junior year you may have to go through additional testing and psychological or cognitive assessments to document your disability. See each organization’s Guidelines for Documentation.
Start your research by asking others what they know about different institutions, check their websites, and ask anyone you know who has attended that school about it. Visit universities if you can. Most post-secondary programs offer Open House Days and Campus Tours throughout the year. Be sure you contact their Admissions Department in advance to schedule your visit and make any plans for accommodations you may need for your campus visit.
Additionally, some post-secondary programs have a specific department for Students with Disabilities. Some of these departments hold an annual conference to help students start planning for their future. Sessions typically cover services/accommodations available at the organization, documentation, self-advocacy skills, and other relevant topics.
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