Supporting Youth in School and Beyond
Individual Education Plan – IEP
An IEP is a legal document (or “plan”) mapping out the type of instruction, support, and services that a student will need to make progress and thrive in the school setting. It is designed to meet a student’s unique needs and is covered by special education law, or the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This reader-friendly article from Understood.org provides a great overview. Additional information from the New York State Education Department is available at: Individualized Education Program Guidance
Preparing Youth with Mental Health Disorders for College
The transition from high school to college can be stressful for most students but this transition presents unique challenges for students with psychiatric disabilities. BestColleges.com provides students with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. Their free “Guide to College Planning for Psychiatrically Impaired Students” is an excellent source of information in a concise and user-friendly format. It includes apps to help students manage symptoms; wellness strategies; ways to access support on and off campus; strategies for how to approach professors and secure necessary accommodations for classes, assignments; and practical suggestions for campus involvement seem. In addition, the guide identifies financial scholarships that are available to students with psychiatric disabilities.
For students enrolled in an online education program, thebestschools.org offers, “Mental Health Resources for Online College Students“, as well as a number of other resources for learning accommodations.