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Description: A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.
Description: Since 2002, the Kennedy Center and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are residing in the United States. Fifteen winning artists share a total of $60,000 in awards. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. Winners...
Description: VCU Autism Center for Excellence provides a variety of training events for anyone who lives with, works with, or supports an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. Training is developed and designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of: Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service Personnel, Paraprofessionals (paraeducator), Administrators, Psychologists, Family Members and Friends, Medical Professionals, Early Intervention Service Providers and Adult Service Providers. (VCU...
Description: This version includes highlights (compiled by NPDC) of this report. The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.”
Description: The purpose of this report is to describe a process for the identification of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and also to delineate practices that have sufficient empirical support to be termed “evidence-based.”
Description: This module is focused on adult wounded warriors and their caregivers, but it has good general information about what to expect after a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. There is information about "What you might see" and "How you can help" that might be useful for school aged students, who have a severe to moderate traumatic brain injury, and their caregivers.
Description: The Real People, Real Jobs website offers success stories about individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) getting and keeping jobs in their communities. The purpose of these stories is to share where people work and how they got there. They are meant to be read by individuals with ID/DD, their families, as well as front-line employment support professionals.
Description: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) has released its first film, Place Matters, which documents the transitions of people from state training centers to homes in the community. On January 26, 2012, Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement, which mandates that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities must live in integrated, community-based settings.
Description: Good access to doctors is especially important for people with Medicare—seniors and adults with permanent disabilities because they are significantly more likely than others to need health care services. This issue brief examines the evidence on Medicare patients' access to physicians to assess the extend to which these concerns are supported by findings from multiple patient surveys, physician surveys, published studies, and new physician data from Medicare.
Description: Workers with disabilities are paid about 10% less than other workers in similar jobs, and 8% less in total compensation, including wages, health insurance and vacation time, according to a new Cornell University study.
Description: Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center will be a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.
Description: Autism NOW Center’s fact sheets on topics of importance to people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities are a resource you and your family members, as well as educators, employers, physicians and others, can use to get information in an easy-to-read and understand format. Topics include: Employment, Future Planning, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Relationships and Sexuality, Self-Advocacy and Social Security. (Spanish: Empleo, Planear el Futuro,...
Description: vaACCSES is the premiere association of Virginia community service providers enhancing support of Virginians with disabilities that leads to maximum community involvement. vaACCSES develops effective relationships and influences policy makers, funders and advocates through information, advocacy, education and training. They provide free SSI/SSDI & Work Incentives Training opportunities and Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) and Work Incentives Specialist Advocate (WISA) projects. This...
Description: This section includes information on: Accommodations Assessment Assistive Technology Behavior and Discipline Child Find Critical Area Self-Assessment Questions Disability Specific Documents Educational Interpreters English Language Learners Extended School Year Services Funding and Grants Health Guidance IEP Inclusion Resources Instruction Paraprofessional Prior Written Notice Parent Involvement Section 504 Resources Secondary Transition Services
Description: VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.
Description: The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, to address the state’s unmet higher education and workforce training needs, remains as urgent today as when we began. The innovations highlighted here are just some of the ways we strive to meet the evolving 21st century needs of the students, employers and communities we serve.
Description: Young adults, who, for whatever reason, don’t finish high school, can regain their footing and chart a course for a promising future using this program. Middle College is designed to help 18 to 24-year olds earn their GED while simultaneously developing the skills they need for a rewarding career. The program offers targeted remedial courses, access to workforce readiness courses, enrollment in community college courses applicable to a degree or industry-based certificate, and...
Description: This site provides information, resources and research about work and disability issues, including webinars and webcasts on innovative programs aimed at assisting people with disabilities to attend college and to seek postsecondary education and training programs that lead to competitive employment.
Description: To prepare Virginia’s students for postsecondary education or to meet employers’ expectations of candidates for entry-level jobs, VDOE is looking for ways to increase students’ readiness for the future.
Description: The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. We focus on the results from high-quality research to answer the question “What works in education?” Topics include: Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Behavior, Children and Youth with Disabilities, English Learners, Teacher...
Description: This site includes answers to the following questions: How do I prepare for college? What types of aid can I get? Do I qualify for aid? How do I apply for aid? How do I manage my loans?
Description: Yes, you are the one – you’re the person in charge of your own future. And if your future includes college, you’ll want to start preparing as soon as possible! This site can help you do that. You and your parents or guardians can learn about financial aid opportunities, find out what you have to do in high school to prepare for college, and explore the many career and education options that are available to you.
Description: CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. We develop and advocate for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.
Description: Authorized under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Medicaid is an entitlement program financed by the state and federal governments and administered by the states. The Virginia Medicaid program is administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).
Description: After choosing your state, all the listings in that state will appear. Once you click on a category, you will be asked to enter a zip code in the state you picked. After you enter your zip code and hit the enter key, a map of all the listings of that category in the state will appear.
Description: This guide includes scholarships, internships, fellowships, books and websites. (Courtesy of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressional District 34-California, 2013-2014 Edition)
Description: Generations United, with the support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, developed Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities to equip the caregivers, including those that provide full and part time care to relative children, with the national resources they need to help their children thrive, now and in the future. In addition to the guide, Generations United has developed a resource directory that serves as a companion piece...
Description: The mission of the Virginia Law Foundation & The Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project is to fundamentally change the way students learn about the rule of law as the basis of all of our rights and responsibilities as American citizens. (Social Science)
Description: These webinars cover a variety of topics, including toileting, nutrition/feeding, transition to adult life, health, healing, and siblings, are presented in conjunction with the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.
Description: More than four hundred Virginia PIP alumni, and thousands who have graduated from PIP programs across the country, have learned how to make a difference every day for themselves, their families, and their communities. Individuals participating in PIP attend advocacy training, resource development, and skill building workshops led by state and national experts. Topics covered include the history of the disability rights movement, self-advocacy, independent living, employment, building inclusive...
Description: VCU’s ACE-IT in College is an inclusive learning and training program for transition-age adults with intellectual disabilities. With individualized support, ACE-IT in College students participate in five semesters of employment, college classes, and campus activities. These college experiences create opportunity and prepare students to pursue self-determined futures. Students who are accepted into the program audit two to three VCU classes per semester. In the program’s first...
Description: The Transition Planning Inventory–Second Edition (TPI-2) Administration and Resource Guide includes an overview of the instrument; detailed administrative procedures; guidelines for completing each of the forms used in the TPI-2; suggestions for interpreting and using the results of the TPI-2; and an extensive case study showing how to move from assessment to planning and action. The guide also includes a detailed description of how the instrument was developed and information about the...
Description: This booklet is for the parents, caregivers or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. It is also for adults who became disabled in childhood (prior to age 22) and who might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. (We call this SSDI benefit a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.)
Description: Stratford University is a private educational institution dedicated to preparing students for the challenges of a rewarding career. Alumni pursue professions in high-demand fields like information technology, hospitality, culinary arts, business administration, health sciences, and nursing.
Description: With more than 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students attending classes at one of 100 campus locations, online courses offered to U.S. and international students and over 2,000 faculty, Strayer University is a compelling and enriching center of higher education.
Description: STRIVE, Inc. is a private non-profit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to providing opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities to transition from school to post-secondary training, employment, and successful community living. Strive Cornerstone Foundation Residential Program is a non-profit Supported Independent Living Residence for Learning Disabled Adults.
Description: The College is strongly committed to providing excellent support to students with documented learning disabilities, attention difficulties, and other special needs. An individually structured program has been designed to accommodate our students. Professionals who have earned graduate degrees in the fields of Education, Educational Psychology, Special Education, Counseling, and Reading work to help each student design strategies for academic success. Accommodation Plans are determined through a...
Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
Description: AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.
Description: The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV).
Description: NOVA serves a large population of students who receive disability-related accommodations. Among those students are individuals attending classes on-campus as well as online, students actively involved in campus organizations and leadership positions, community activities and job responsibilities. (postsecondary education)
Description: Under the administration of University Life, the Office of Disability Services implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive (e.g., learning, psychological, and closed head injury), sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments.
Description: Since 1989, College Living Experience (CLE) has been providing post-secondary supports to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized services in the areas of academics, independent living, social skills, and career development, CLE supports are tailored to each young adult we serve. It is through personalized services, our team celebrates the uniqueness of students in such a way that we...
Description: ECPI University is committed to being a premier institution of higher education focusing on programs in science technology, health sciences, business/criminal justice and the culinary arts. The University provides an innovative, student-centered learning environment with programs of study in disciplines such as computer and information science, health science, and electronics technology.
Description: Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people.
Description: Thames Academy is a transitional program operated by Mitchell College to assist college and career bound students manage their learning disabilities through academic preparation and the acquisition of learning strategies, assistive technologies, and social and daily living skills. Thames Academy is part of a continuum of specialized support for students with learning disabilities at Mitchell College. (postsecondary education)
Description: Welcome to the Disability Services Center. The DSC provides a wide range of services to qualified students with sensory, mobility, physical, psychological, cognitive, learning and attention disabilities enrolled in USM credit and non-credit bearing courses and programs. (postsecondary education)
Description: As the first college to offer both Bachelor and Associate Degrees exclusively for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences, Beacon College’s distinctive mission focuses on the academic and career success of students who learn differently.
Description: Beyond Academics- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro supports students with intellectual and developmental disabilities enrolled in Integrative Community Studies, a four-year certificate course of study that emphasizes higher education, self-determination, community inclusion, career development and independent living. Students completing requirements for graduation receive a certificate awarded by The Office of the Provost at UNCG. Beyond Academics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner...
Description: Fully accredited two-year college in Vermont exclusively for students with dyslexia, ADD or specific learning disabilities. Landmark College is a collaborative and rigorous educational community, fully committed to serving students who learn differently. (postsecondary education)