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Elizabeth Hamblet

Seven Steps to College Success: A Pathway for Students with Disabilities

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If you’re a parent of a student with a disability who has an IEP or 504 or you’re a professional who works with them, you probably know and understand the K-12 landscape well. But you may have questions about what happens for students when they get to college. Besides the increase in academic demands, some of the supports students used in high school won’t be available.

The good news is that research shows the proper preparation can create a smooth transition to college! However, the planning needs to be rooted in a thorough understanding of the changes they’ll encounter in their new environment.

Shifts in prevailing laws result in a disability accommodation system that works differently. In this essential conversation, college learning disabilities specialist Elizabeth Hamblet will build your foundation of knowledge step-by-step.

Participants will learn:

  • how students access accommodations and what documentation they may need to request them.
  • how students find schools that are a good fit
  • the key personal and academic skills needed for self-management at college
  • what admissions directors want you to know about the application process


Elizabeth Hamblet has worked both ends of the college transition, first as a high school special education teacher and then as a college learning disabilities specialist at Simmons College, Rutgers University, and now at Columbia University, where she enjoys teaching strategies to undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2008, Hamblet placed her professional focus on offering programs to families and professionals on transition to college for students with disabilities. She speaks at local and national conferences and is also a contributing writer for Disability Compliance for Higher Education. Her more extensive works on transition include her book, “7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities,” published in 2011 and her guide, “Transitioning to College – A Guide for Students with Disabilities,” published in 2010. In addition, Hamblet’s website offers resources, advice, tools, videos and helpful links for families, students, and professionals.


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