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Transition panel set for Oct. 6

Sept. 22, 2022

Transition panel set for Oct. 6

Event FlyerUpper St. Clair High School is hosting a Transition Panel at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in the small group instruction room. The event is intended for families to gain a better understanding of what to expect when a student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Agreement goes to college.

“It’s important that families know that going to college with a learning disability IS possible,” Michelle Zirngibl, special education curriculum leader, said. “There are many differences that they need to know. Representatives from several campus disability offices will share those differences with families, directly from the source.”

Members of the panel include officials from several colleges, universities and agencies throughout the region, including:

  • PennWest University (formerly CalU), Office for Students with Disabilities Director
  • Duquesne University, Disability Services Director
  • Community College of Allegheny County, Supportive Services Southeast Regional Director
  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Supervisor & Early Reach Coordinator

In addition, David Carson, an Upper St. Clair High School graduate, will share his perspective. Author of the book, “The Survival Guide for College-Bound LD Students,” a publication used by more than 65 colleges nationwide, he has presented at numerous regional, state-wide and national conferences. He shares his own real-life experiences to show students, parents and educators that having a learning disability does not have to prevent a student from attending college and, ultimately, succeeding.

Mrs. Zirngibl stressed that the transition to college involves the whole family, including parents.

“We want our students to succeed in college. For those who have an IEP or service agreement in high school, that means just a little extra planning,” she said. “We’re here to help them through that process.”

The event is free and open to families within and beyond Upper St. Clair. Attendees should enter Upper St. Clair High School via the Academic Entrance.

For more information, contact Mrs. Zirngibl at or 412-833-1600 ext. 2309.

Download the event flyer