Resources for Students with Disabilities

The transition from school to adulthood is a challenge — especially if you have a disability. Remember there is additional help and resources available whether you are going to use Transition Services, go to college, or find a job.

Did you know?

Approximately 21% of students in post-secondary education report having a disability.



Build your Team

Find your supporters to help you with your goals. They may be:

  • Your parents
  • Your teachers
  • Your support providers

Be money aware and use your resources

Use programs that are built to help! Some examples are below.


Take part in your plans

  • Speak for yourself (self-advocacy);
  • Solve problems
  • Set goals
  • Make decisions
  • Possess self-awareness
  • Exhibit independence.


Tips for talking about disabilities with kids

  • As you prepare kids to advocate for themselves and find support as they transition to higher education, it may help to discuss the following.
    • Work with your support team to make plans for schooling.
    • Find the Disability Resource Center at the school you want to go to.
    • You don’t have to report your disability if you don’t want to.
  • Consider discussing the possible meanings of the phrase, “Nothing about me, without me”.
    • This phrase supports the person, at the ‘center of the service’, to be involved in making decisions about their life and stay involved with their plan.
    • Consider each person’s life experience, age, gender, culture, heritage, language, beliefs and identity. Ask about flexible services and support to suit the person’s wishes and priorities.
    • This is a strengths-based approach where people are acknowledged as the experts in their life with a focus on what they can do first, and any help they need second.
    • Encourages considering the person’s support networks as partners.


Additional Resources

Able Utah

This is the enrollment website for ABLEUtah which provides an account for those with an eligible disability who want to save and invest without losing benefits.

Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Disabilities in Utah

This document gives information about post secondary education programs for students with disabilities in schools across Utah.

Pre-Employment Transition Services

This website gives information and links to Vocational Rehabilitation transition services.

Utah Work Incentive Planning Services

Utah Work Incentive Planning Services helps individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability benefits (SSI/SSDI/CDB) understand how work affects their disability benefits.

Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network has great resources for students with ADHD and other disabilities.


Homechoice offers single-family mortgage options designed to meet the mortgage underwriting needs of people with disabilities or those who have a family member with a disability.

Transition Guide

A transition guide for postsecondary education - ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve their post-school and career goals.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

This IRS website explains who qualifies for the Earned Income Tax Credit.