Postsecondary Education for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

These resources provide invaluable information, advice, and encouragement for students contemplating college. Most of the sites are specific to the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired, but there is information for those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness as well.
 
Future Reflections, Winter 2014
Author Jill Green, is a Senior Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at the College Board. Here she explains how students with visual impairments can get the testing accommodations they need.
 
Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction
This 27-page handbook for students, school counselors, teachers, and parents provides an overview of transition to postsecondary education, including information on laws and regulations, planning and preparing, definitions, and resources. It also contains an exploration worksheet for examining choices, selecting, and applying for postsecondary education. Also available in Spanish.
 
American Council of the Blind 
Ardis Bazyn and Sheila Styron share advice, from the student's perspective, on how to make college a successful experience. They cover a range of topics, including Choosing the Right College or University, Using Disabled Student Services, Knowing the Laws that Affect You, Training and Recruiting Readers and Drivers, Working your guide dog on campus, Auxiliary Aids and Services for Students with Disabilities, and Contacting Advocacy Organizations of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
 
National Federation of the Blind
Ryan Strunk shares his reflections, from a student's perspective, on the transition from high school to college. He begins by advising parents and teachers to hold blind students to the same standards as their sighted peers, and has many specific suggestions for students for increasing independence and self-advocacy, and being active socially.
 
CEC Division on Visual Impairments Quarterly
This is the transcript of an interview with three college students, describing their experiences. It includes suggestions for other students, as well as for teachers of the blind and visually impaired.
 
U.S. Department of Education
Frequently asked questions about preparing for postsecondary education
 
Office of Civil Rights
"The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment."
 
A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities
Money Geek
Information and resources about grants and scholarships, taxes, and financial help for people with disabilities. The scholarship information is organized by type of disability, e.g., hearing, vision, etc.
 
Online Colleges
An overview of visual impairments, with tips on how to succeed in college, as well as information about scholarships and assistive technology for students with visual impairments.
 

Web-Based Organizations and Internet Resources

Affordable Colleges Online
This site provides a good overview on the effect of visual impairments on learning, types of assistive technology, and the kinds of accommodations provided at colleges. Includes a list of scholarships and grants.
 
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
NCDB provides links to articles and publications, bibliographies, and Internet resources related to postsecondary education for students who are deafblind.