Webinar: Successful Transition to College

What students and families need to know

Program Description:

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Recorded: April 30, 2019 – The transition from high school to college can be a confusing time for students, parents, and educators.  From documentation requirements to evaluating assistive technology needs, this presentation will provide an overview of disability support services on a college campus and strategies for a successful transition.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Disability law and its application to higher education including the differences between K-12 and post-secondary education.
  • Documentation requirements.
  • Services available in college and discussion of individual and campus service roles.
  • Examples of reasonable accommodations in college.
  • Strategies for students, parents, and educators to help prepare for a successful transition.
  • What assistive technology (AT) and accessible educational materials (AEM) students need and where and how to acquire AT and AEM in a post-secondary setting.


Joanne Benica is the Director of the Disability Services Center at the University of Southern Maine (USM).  She has been working in the disability services field in higher education since 2001.  Her passion includes developing creative and inclusive approaches to support students in both higher education and in the employment setting.  She also enjoys providing training on a variety of topics including study abroad, college mental health, and supporting students transitioning from high school to college.  At USM, Joanne is responsible for the coordination of disability services for students.  Her primary role is to work individually with students who have physical, medical, sensory, and psychological disabilities, as well as with faculty and staff to facilitate appropriate delivery of accommodations across campus.

Sara Henry is the Director of Student Accessibility Services at the University of Maine where she has assisted students with disabilities since 1999. Sara believes that helping students with disabilities navigate their educational journey is a privilege and every day she looks forward to driving onto the beautiful UMaine campus (even in winter). She has experience working with students who have physical, learning, attention or executive functioning problems, mental health diagnoses, chronic health problems and other types of disabilities, including interpreting documentation and determining reasonable accommodations. Sara gives presentations on disability awareness and diversity, executive functioning training for students and professionals, the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities and their parents, navigating the college accommodation process, resilience, professional presentation skills and leadership development.


rev: 05/01/2019