VISTAS School Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

The School Counselor's Role on Behalf of College Bound Special Education Students

Laura A. Roberts, Tamisha M. Bouknight, and Orv C. Karan


In advocating for a more visible role for the school counselor on behalf of college bound special education students we start by pointing out the benefits of a college degree even in our current economic climate; we identify the paucity of students with disabilities that enroll in, let alone graduate from, college; we explore some of the effects of inequitable professional practices on students with disabilities; we elucidate the supportive benefits of the Individuals with Disabilities Act along with its specific provisions for enhancing the successful transition of students with disabilities from school to adult life; we describe a potentially key role for the school counselor as a facilitator on the Individual Education Planning (IEP) team; and we conclude by describing a variety of ways in which school counselors could work with, and on behalf of, students with disabilities (a) using evidenced based practices, and (b) promoting students’ self-advocacy.

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