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, commerical 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.
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 undergradute and graduate students.
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 researdchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.
"In Their Shoes"-The Center for Academic and Career Engagement has renewed its subscription to this web-based program. It utilizes a hands-on, interactive format so that you may catch a glimpse of what it's really like to have functional limitations that substantially alter a major life activity, such as learning, seeing, hearing, or functioning socially. This is one important step on the path to removing the hidden barriers that impact us all. As educators, it is important for us to embrace the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act by creating an inclusive learning environment that is empowering and supportive of the needs of our students and employees with disabilities. Our college ID is Wagner.
Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (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