#029 – Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities: An Interview with Elizabeth Hamblet

The shift from high school to college can be challenging for all students, but it may be even more daunting for students with disabilities. In this episode, Lynn and Vicki talk with Elizabeth Hamblet, author of the book From High School to College: Steps for Success for Students with Disabilities. Elizabeth shares essential information that students and parents need to know as they prepare for and apply to college. Understanding the differences between high school support and college accommodations can help pave the way for a smooth transition. Parents will learn what questions to ask and how to encourage the independence and self-advocacy  required of their student in the college environment.

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In this episode we welcomed our guest Elizabeth Hamblet,  a learning consultant and she is the author of the book From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities.

Elizabeth has worked at the college level for 20 years after having started her career in the field as a high school special education teacher and case manager. In addition to working as a college consultant, she is a nationally-requested speaker who gives presentations to professionals and parents about how to prepare students with disabilities for success at college.

Elizabeth’s work has appeared in national journals and online platforms, and she offers advice and information on her website at www.LDadvisory.com. You can connect with her at Facebook.com/LDadvisory and on Twitter @echamblet.

We covered a wide range of topics in this episode, and anyone who has a student with Learning Differences will want to hear this information. Elizabeth discussed the admission process, how – and when – to access the accommodations needed, how parents should – or shouldn’t – participate in the process, and a few excellent tips for attending college during COVID.

Elizabeth mentioned some articles that will be helpful for parents.  Be sure to check these out.

Admissions Deans from Yale, Muskingum, and Dickinson Answer FAQs for Students with Disabilities

Disclose a Disability in College Applications? Advice from Specialized College Counselors

Dear Parent letter from OCR about college transition

Posts about fee-based college programs

If you have a student with Learning Differences, be sure to check out Elizabeth Hamblet’s new book: Seven Steps to College Success: A Pathway for Students with Disabilities.  And we suggest buying one for your favorite guidance counselor or college counselor as well.  The information in this book will help other students, too.

You can read Lynn’s review of the first edition of the book here.

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Note: Some links in our post are for affiliate products. If you use our links, College Parent Central receives a small percentage of your purchase price. This does not change the cost to you.  We think it’s only fair to let you know that.

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