Preparing for high school

If you have a disability that requires specific learning or accessibility adjustments, it can feel even more overwhelming. Being more prepared may help you feel less nervous, and might help you more successfully advocate for your needs to your school.

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Monique Ziegelaar
Speech Pathologist & How I Learn Contributor
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Starting high school can feel scary and overwhelming. There’s so much to learn – new teachers, new friends, new buildings. Everyone feels nervous when starting high school.

If you have a disability that requires specific learning or accessibility adjustments, it can feel even more overwhelming. The more you can do to prepare for starting high school the better.

These tips will help you be as prepared as possible:

  1. Before you start high school, create an account and complete your How I Learn profile. This profile will help you think through every task you might face at high school. It also includes information and suggestions for learning and accessibility adjustments that may help with completing each task. Once you’ve finished you’ll have a unique How I Learn profile. This profile is your voice. It tells your school what you need in order learn.
  2. Provide your How I Learn profile to your new high school. You could have a meeting with your school (recommended) or send it by email. You and your school can then discuss your learning needs and decide on a learning plan together. Make sure you also discuss how often your plan will be reviewed, and who to speak to if you want to make changes to your learning plan.

Completing the How I Learn profile will help you be prepared for high school.

Being more prepared may help you feel less nervous, and might help you more successfully advocate for your needs to your school.

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