The following links are helpful for students, their families, and faculty to gain a comprehensive understanding of various disabilities and useful resources to assist academic needs of disabled students.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-Prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)-Professional association dedicated to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. AHEAD promotes leadership and provides professional development, and provides timely information as well as resources through partnership and collaboration.
AHEAD's HBCU Disability Consortium has just updated the Black, Disabled and Proud website www.BlackDisabledandProud.org
CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
DO IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)-Highly useful resource provided by the University of Washington aimed at increasing "the success of people with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers". Provides resources for students, faculty, administrators, parents, and mentors.
EText Reader Premier Programming Solution's EText Reader reads aloud electronic text from the computer or from Electronic Textbooks.
Health Services Support-Wagner College's health center, offering free services to all admitted undergraduate and graduate students.
http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/students-with-hearing-impairments/ - the guidebook includes information on transitioning from High School to college , tech tools for students with hearing impairments, how schools can create more audible environments and scholarships for students with hearing impairments.
LD Online-The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD
International Dyslexia Association (IDA)-The oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation, IDA provides a comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.
http://www.mta.info/accessibility/transit.htm- Helpful travel information regarding accessible subway stations and routes.
Learning Ally ( formerly RFB&D)-Assists individuals with "print disabilities" by providing recorded textbooks and other school related materials to individuals who cannot read standard print because of a disability.
SchwabLearning.org- A very helpful website for understanding learning disabilities and innovative accommodations
National Center for Learning Disabilities-Seeks to increase opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential and participate fully in society. Provides increased public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities through educational programs and services that provide research-based knowledge and national leadership in shaping public policy.
Office of Civil Rights: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
The following books can assist in learning more about the college experience focusing on first year adjustment issues for both students and parents:
Let the Journey Begin: A Parent's Monthly Guide to the College Experience by Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram
Making the Most of College - Students Speak Their Minds by Richard J. Light