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Thinking About Applying for College? 

Now is a great time to plan and think about your future! Based on your dreams, interest, and abilities, start drafting a roadmap to your next destination. Enlist the help of your family, friends, and others who are willing to help you reach success.

YOU should be at the center of the decision-making process. In the following months, plan to attend career fairs, make college visits or request information about campus services and programs, and take advantage of the free career, vocational and personality assessments offered by most school districts or contact the college and career facilitator at your school to request an appointment.

If you would like to learn more about how to get started, check these resources: Although the following webinars were developed for parents, you will find highly useful information that can help you get ready for the challenges of academic work and life after graduation from high school: 
I'm Determined. Watch Cayden's journey to achieved self-determination through leadership opportunities. His experience also impacted the lives of other students with disabilities. 
Life Skills for Transitioning to Adulthood

Are You Eligible for SSES Funds? 

The Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) program makes online accounts available to eligible parents of students with disabilities or students with disabilities 18 years and older who meet TEA requirements and who have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures and remote learning.

In addition to the general requirements, students 18 years and older must comply with:

  • They have not graduated, during the 2019-2020 school year or prior.
  • During their last STAAR test administration, they took the STAAR ALT assessment.

To apply for the SSES program families will need to follow the application process outlined at If eligible, students are granted $1,500 (per eligible student) for purchasing educational goods and/or services. SSES goods and services are offered to support additional educational progress. All applicants will get an immediate email confirmation indicating their application has been received. According to TEA, there are still accounts available. 

Texas Reality Check: How to Calculate Your Living Costs
College is exciting! This video covers some of the accommodations you can request in college, the steps to follow to get them, and what to do if an issue isn’t resolved.

College Accommodations and Services 

You may already be familiar with the word accommodations and know which accommodations you need at school, work, or around your community. When you are ready to plan your transition from high school to college, it is important to learn what accommodations are available and how to apply for them.

Some of the accommodations you may get at college are:

  • Extended time on exams, 

  • Permission to make audio recordings of classes, 

  • Reduced course load — but be aware your financial aid may be reduced as a result

  • Priority registration for courses

If you would like to learn more about accommodations in college visit or you can watch PACER's video Preparing for Postsecondary Education: What Families Need to Know

Turning 18 in Texas: Alternatives to Guardianship

Living a Healthy Life 

"Your body is where you live". Anyone, regardless of their abilities, can take steps to live healthier! If you commit to listening to your body and making small and steady positive lifestyle choices today, the difference you see in yourself one month, or even a year from now might surprise you.

Here are just a few things you might want to consider as you begin to think about what a “healthy lifestyle” looks like to you:

Know what makes you happy - What do you really love and enjoy doing? What are you good at? What relaxes you? What makes you want to get out of bed? Take time out of each day, even if only a few minutes, to do whatever it is that gives you a sense of purpose. 

Stay active - You can make small changes over time to increase your physical activity levels every day. Why not try to stretch during commercial breaks?  If physically moving is difficult or painful, what can you do to keep your brain sharp? Word puzzles, reading, singing, drawing, and writing are just a few things that can keep your mind active.

Take care of yourself - Life can get busy. Don't forget to carve out some time for yourself and the people you care about most, such as your friends and family. Do things you enjoy doing together. Maintaining friendships, natural support systems, and relationships is important.

If you would like to learn more, visit this guide.


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