Student with Disabilities

If you are a student with disabilities heading off to college, we have lots of news for you.

First, by now you have been talking to your high school guidance counselor who is helping to get you off to a successful start. The next thing you should do is go to the site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and find out what your legal rights and responsibilities are in a post-secondary (read college or university) setting. You just might be surprised by the resources you have at your disposal.

Check out the schools you are applying to, on line. Find out what specific accommodations they offer – in housing, in classrooms, and in all other facets of college life. Many schools have a whole website dedicated to this subject in addition to their main site. Then, after you’ve narrowed down the list, visit them in person, and see first-hand what they have to offer.

After you’ve done all of that, do a little more surfing. There are tons of websites available to guide you with helpful details on how to apply for admission or financial aid. Finally, search for scholarships. There are hundreds of scholarships available to you – if you look for them. Google: scholarships, disabled students – we’ve provided a couple on the links page to whet your appetite. For more, Google: scholarships, disabled students. Then get busy filling out those applications.

Going to college is an exciting time for everyone, and with proper planning and the right information – you’re going to love it!

Resources

We Connect Now

The purpose of this website is to unite college students in access to education and employment issues. It achieves this by providing a resource to support and encourage college students with disabilities through links, blogs, articles, a national calendar of events, and much, much more. Check it out: www.weconnectnow.wordpress.com

Know You Rights and Responsibilities

This brochure from the Department of Education contains complete, up-to-date information regarding your legal rights and responsibilities as you begin your college education. Each is clearly explained, and there just might be more resources available than you realized. Go to www.edpubs.gov and search ‘students with disabilities.’ The complete name of the brochure is: Students with Disabilities: Preparing for Post-secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.

College Board

This national website is committed to providing information to disabled students and they present a wealth of information to keep you informed. They can be found at: www.collegeboard.com/ssd.

Your Chosen University or College

One of the best places to find out about accommodations for disabled students is on the website created by the college or university you are thinking of attending. Some even have special websites for this information.

Scholarship Links

SpinLife “Innovation in Motion” Scholarship Program

In recognition of SpinLife being the national leader in mobility equipment, their company offers one $500 scholarship each year to a manual or power wheelchair user enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited 4-year university. Academic eligibility requirement is a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarship recipient is featured on the scholarship website for the year. To find out more, go to: www.spinlife.com/scholarship/.

Sertoma Scholarships for Hearing Impaired Students

The Sertoma service organization presents multiple $1,000 scholarships each year to students who have clinically significant bilateral hearing loss. The recipients must attend school in the U.S. in pursuit of their bachelor’s degrees, and freshmen are eligible. The academic requirement is at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale. If you are interested in learning more about this award, eligibility requirements, and application requirements, check out the website at: www.sertoma.org/scholarships.

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