Some students will work towards a certificate of completion, or will work towards a high school diploma. A certificate of completion is not the same as a diploma, and students should be aware of how this may affect their goals in the workplace, or attending college. Some employers and colleges do not accept a certificate of completion in place of a diploma, and may require the student to complete a GED in its place. In some cases students who want to pursue higher education may decide to attend vocational training schools or college or both. t is important to plan early on what the higher education choice will require for entrance, such as the certificate of completion or a diploma. Most institutions of higher learning will accept a GED in place of a diploma.  Vocational training will assist students in learning a skilled trade that they can begin using right away after graduation. Vocational training may include classes as well as hands-on experience. College will prepare a student for an entry-level job in their chosen field, though further education, such as a Master’s degree, may be required along the way. Individuals who wish to attend either vocational training or college should prepare a plan that will help them meet their higher education goals. 

Adulthood education

These plans should include how they will finance their education, transportation to the institution of higher learning, housing arrangements (on or off campus), academic accommodations and what additional activities they want to participate in, such as adaptive sports. Disabled students who have established a plan for their future are more successful than those who are not prepared. Parents and faculty members can help these students meet their goals by using a written set of goals to help them prepare for their future or by following an IEP program. As well as where things need to be adjusted to keep a student on track, regularly reviewing these goals will help parents and teachers in evaluating whether a current plan is working. Whether it includes college, vocational school, or employment goals, transitioning to adulthood can be made easier when a student knows exactly what they need to do to reach their academic goals. Choosing a college or disabled students can be a time consuming process. Thoroughly investigating an institution of higher learning before sending a student can be the difference between success, and dropping out of school.  Most of the colleges are designed for able-bodied individuals, and often only the most minimal accommodations are made, often due to budget concerns. Each of the college students hould visit the campus of the college they wish to attend. Brochures and websites may only show the most favorable places on campus, and they usually don’t emphasize what they have to offer to their disabled student population.  You can see firsthand what the feel and layout of the campus is like when you visit a campus. The layout of the campus is especially important for a disabled person, especially if they have specific transportation needs.