Young Adult Transitions: College & Career

How to navigate life transitions when you learn differently and/or have mental health challenges


Natalie Tamburello

Manager, CHC Community Engagement


Nicole Ofiesh, PhD

Cognitive Behavioral Scientist

Your Questions Answered

Top questions answered by CHC experts.

Does my IEP or 504 plan transfer to College?

Question By: Anna

Age: 18

No, not necessarily. Unless the specific college you are applying to says that they do.

Although there is no law requiring updated testing for the college setting, most colleges will ask for an updated evaluation (within 3 years) to be submitted to receive accommodations in college.

Should I try to start college without accommodations if I used THEM in high school?

Question By: Logan

Age: 21

It is common for young adults to want college to be a “fresh start without disclosing my disability” and to try and make it in college without accommodations. If you have a history of using accommodations, it’s important that you continue to use them in college. Accommodations are provided under the law to people who genuinely need them to show their best work and skills. Give yourself the chance to be the most thoughtful student you can be and use the accommodations that you are entitled to receive. Learn more about evaluations for college accommodations.

Can I get accommodations at work?

Question By: Michael

Age: 21

YES! Many people don’t know that accommodations can continue after you leave a school setting.

If you have an identified disability, including a learning disability or mental health challenge, you are entitled to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Check out how to get accommodations for your disability at work using the Job Accommodation Network.

When is the best time to disclose my disability at work?

Question By: Keira

Age: 29

There is no perfect time to tell your employer that you have a disability; some people choose to never tell their employers because an accommodation is not necessary for them to perform their job.

But we recommend that if you do need accommodations or want your employer to know that you have a disability, you should share how your disability can impact your job before a related problem arises.

See Disclosing in the Workplace: Strategies & Tips for more information.

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CHC Voices of Compassion Podcast

Our CHC podcast with expert insights, inspiration and creative conversations about mental health, education and family.

Launching: Transition Age Youth

EPISODE 28, SEASON 2 | APRIL 20, 2022

with Vidya Krishnan, MD

Growing up is a process of moving toward independence, becoming your own person and meeting your own needs. “Launching” refers to the parental role in their child’s transition into adulthood. This process looks different for everyone — a bumpier or more meandering path for some than others. So how can you best prepare your child for a smooth launch? In today’s podcast episode, CHC’s Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Dr. Vidya Krishnan, shares keen wisdom and practical takeaways for supporting your child now for life on their own, while instilling the confidence that they’ll need to fly.

Executive Functioning: High School and Beyond


with Nicole Ofiesh, PhD

The last couple of years have been all about adapting to meet evolving and elusive protocols. For students with learning differences, the shifts from online learning to hybrid to in-person (and back) have made a part of their life that is already challenging exceedingly more difficult. Adaptation is a key aspect of Executive Functioning, which can be lacking in those with learner variability. In today’s podcast episode, we sat down with Dr. Nicole Ofiesh, Director of the Schwab Learning Center at CHC, about strategies students can use to build Executive Functioning skills in high school, college and beyond.

Learning Differences Across the Lifespan


with Nicole Ofiesh, PhD

We often think of learning differences as challenges faced in school. But the reality is that learning differences impact people throughout their lives with implications far beyond the classroom: home, relationships, work and family to name a few. Therefore, it’s important to learn strategies and skills that apply throughout the lifespan. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Nicole Ofiesh, Director of the Schwab Learning Center at CHC, as she shares pro tips developed throughout decades of leveraging neurodiversity in settings from kindergarten to college, classroom to corporate. A must-listen episode for people with learning differences and those who support them!

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Our Experts

At CHC, we have learning and mental health experts who can help you overcome barriers to learning and help you develop skills that last for a lifetime. Real people you can talk to. People who can really help.

Erin Hoolihan, PsyD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Jessica Naecker, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Vidya Krishnan, MD


Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director

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Sharmila Roy, PhD


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Stacey Soderquist


Learning Specialist

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Comprehensive & Integrated Services for Learning Differences & Mental Health

CHC’s Catherine T. Harvey Center for Clinical Services

CHC therapists provide specialized, individualized and age-appropriate services for you to take charge of your own mental health and wellbeing. Services in California.

Schwab Learning Center at CHC

The SLC@CHC empowers all types of learners to adopt tools and strategies to support their unique strengths. Students and young adults with diagnosed or suspected ADHD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities discover their gifts, strengths and potential.

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