PRCVI Post-Secondary Transition Resource Guide for British Columbia Students 2022

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According to research with visually impaired learners enrolled in post-secondary study, one of the strongest predictors of graduation is the student’s perception of control over their academic success (Fichten et al., 2016). Therefore, a student’s perceptions and attitudes about how “in control” she feels about her academic success may impact her prospects for graduation. The transition programming and planning process should empower students to be the architects of their own post-secondary success.

The outreach team at PRCVI has assembled a transition resource guide to assist teachers of students with visual impairments in framing the conversation with students and their families around key issues related to post-secondary transition. While this resource guide is not exhaustive, it emphasizes organizations and resources specific to post-secondary studies in British Columbia.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is a good starting place for students with disabilities. NEADS offers resources and programs for post-secondary students across Canada, including webinars, local workshops, leadership development opportunities, and research related to post-secondary studies and students with disabilities.

Financial Support

Questions to consider:

  • What will it cost for me to complete my post-secondary program?
  • How will I pay for my tuition and student fees?
  • How will I pay for my living expenses?
  • Are there other expenses I need to consider (e.g., transportation, technology, entertainment)?
  • Where can I obtain information about financial aid programs or scholarships?

Program Support

Questions to consider:

  • Where will I find a program that best matches my interests and career goals?
  • Do I have the correct prerequisite courses from secondary school to apply to my programs of interest?
  • If I have a particular career goal in mind, what programs/credentials/qualifications will I need to complete to enter my field of interest?
  • How will I apply to my programs of interest?
  • If I transfer between post-secondary institutions, will my coursework be recognized by my incoming school?

Accessibility Support

Questions to consider:

  • What access technology will I have to obtain to be able to study at the post-secondary level? What supports exist to help connect with this AT?
  • Where are the digital alternate format versions of my learning materials going to come from? What timelines will I need to follow to make sure that I get these when I need them?
  • What formats (e.g., braille, large print, e-Text, PDF) are the best fit for my access requirements?
  • What features and functionality within digital format documents (e.g. handouts, presentations) are required so that I can make effective use of my access technology for reading, studying, etc?

Skill Development

Questions to consider:

  • Are there any skills I need to develop before entering a post-secondary program?
  • Are there auxiliary skills that I will need to develop or refine to be successful?
  • Where can I find resources or programs to further develop my skills?

Volunteering and Employment

Questions to consider:

  • Will I need any specific work or volunteer experience to qualify for my program/field of interest?
  • Do I need to seek work or volunteer experience that will help clarify my career goals or the type of work environment that best meets my skills and goals?
  • Where can I seek out mentors or others to answer my questions about the field(s) I’m interested in?

 

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