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Info Brief- Supporting Families of Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: Learning from the Voices of Families


This Info Brief is intended to create increased understanding of the important role that families can play in the postsecondary success of students with disabilities. For the purposes of this brief, a postsecondary
institution is defined as any accredited institution of higher learning offering 2-year, or 4-year degrees,
or other institutions offering professional certificate programs. It is based in large part on findings from a
national online dialogue titled Connecting with Families: Supporting the Postsecondary Success of Young
Adults with Disabilities, which was held January 22 through February 11, 2015. During the dialogue, families provided insights into areas in which they and their postsecondary students could benefit from support. Strategies and resources that postsecondary institutions can use to better engage families and address
the support gaps identified during the dialogue are provided to enable institutions to partner more closely with families to promote the education and employment success of youth with disabilities.


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