When students with disabilities make the shift to college, they’ll encounter a number of changes. Seven Steps to College Success identifies these changes and how parents and professionals can prepare students for a confident, successful transition. The book also shows how students can find colleges that are a good fit and what accommodations might be available.
Elizabeth C. Hamblet has worked as a learning disabilities specialist in college disability services offices for more than two decades. In addition to working at a university, she is a nationally requested speaker on preparing students with disabilities for successful college transition. Hamblet is the author of two previous books on this subject, and her work has appeared in numerous journals and online platforms. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Seven Steps to College Success is an essential road map for anyone raising a child with an IEP or 504 Plan who plans to go to college. As a school counselor, I hope every educator will read this book, too! Author Elizabeth Hamblet, a learning disabilities specialist, is the perfect person to dispel myths about the law and help readers understand the higher education landscape. After reading this book, you’ll not only feel better equipped to help your child make a smooth transition — you'll also be a lot less anxious!
Seven Steps to College Success should be required reading for any family raising differently wired kids looking for practical information and insights on navigating the transition to college. Elizabeth brings deep research with school administrators, years of experience working as a university learning disabilities specialist, and breadth of knowledge of the complex systems students and families have to engage with. Seven Steps is incredibly generous and thorough, providing the answers to parents’ biggest questions, including how to know if a school will support a student’s neurodivergence, what support on campus actually looks like, and how we can prepare our kids to self-advocate and be successful on campus. I'm so grateful for this resource!
Planning for college and yet you have an IEP or a Section 504 Plan? You and your parents MUST read this book! Whether you are just 'thinking' about going to college or it is a definite plan, familiarize yourself with the "Seven Steps" and do it BEFORE making any important decisions. Hamblet's "Seven Steps" will help ensure that you select the right college and obtain the appropriate accommodations for a successful college experience.
You will learn that the 'disability services' and the applicable laws in higher education are quite different from what you experienced at the secondary school level. Hamblet has worked with students with special needs for more than 25 years, and, as prolific author, speaker, and trainer, she IS the national expert about higher ed transition issues for the student with special needs.
In 7 Steps to College Success, Hamblet gives parents a practical guide to usher their children to adulthood. When your child learns and thinks differently, it is scary to send them off to college without the supports they've had in the past. This book equips parents with the tools necessary to foster independence and encourage self-advocacy in their college-bound children.
1/10/24, Alaska Public Radio: Elizabeth Hamblet is interviewed about navigating college with disabilities.
3/28/23, Diverse Thinking Different Learning podcast: Elizabeth Hamblet is interviewed about the book.
3/16/23, Neurodiversity podcast: Elizabeth Hamblet discusses how parents can prepare their neurodivergent kids for college.