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College and Trade School Supports/Scholarship Opportunities

College/Trade School Supports/Scholarship Opportunities

Accessible Academics
College is an exciting, challenging experience for most students, and it does not come with instructions.  Many students become lost navigating the complicated paperwork, large responsibility, and the high expectations that college places on their shoulders.  This can be especially true for students with learning or developmental disabilities, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or mental health disorders.  College success is not possible without a strong foundation in independent living skills.  In addition to academic coaching, we will provide life skills training to our students so that they may become independent adults.

Going to College with Asperger's and Autism
Resources to prepare parents and students with ASD.  Transitioning to college can be stressful for any young adult, but those with Asperger's syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often face additional challenges during this time.  There are people and programs in place to help, though.  This guide offers information, expert advice and resources to help make the transition to college smooth and successful for students with ASD and their families.

A tool developed through the Partnerships in Employment project, Through four sessions of content, navigates the different service systems in New York that help young adults with disabilities transition from school and other places to a competitive, integrated job (Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, Vocational Rehabilitation and Commission for the Blind).  The website also addresses work readiness, financial literacy, and benefits navigation, including SSI and Medicaid.

Quick Guide to Accomodations on the SAT for Students with Disabilities
Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and use testing accomodations at their school through a current IEP or 504 plan will have those same accomodations automatically approved for taking college board exams.  This site will give you information on how to apply for the accommodations.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Paying for school, special tuition programs and expert advice.  Students with disabilities deserve an education just like every other student.  And like the majority of college students, students with disabilities often have trouble finding ways to pay for school related costs.  There are many special scholarships and financial aid opportunities intended for particular students, such as minority students, those studying a particular field or applicants with a notable academic record.  There are also special financial aid and scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities.  The purpose of this guide is to focus on these financial aid opportunities and discuss how to take advantage of them.

Study Tips for College Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphi
Assistive technology, test-taking strategies and other resources.  This guide defines and eplores three of the most common learning disabilities among college students: dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.  Additionally, it provides actionable strategies, expert tips and resources for sharing disabilities with instructors, learning in the classroom as well as preparing for and taking exams.

Studying with ADHD
Common challenges for college students and how to overcome them.  Studying can be daunting and stressful for any college student, but for students with ADHD earning an A in class or on an exam can be especially challenging, even when putting in the same amount of study time as students without ADHD.  This is because students with ADHD may need to study differently to comprehend and retain information.  Learn more about how ADHD can affect a college student and expert advice on how to study better.

Support for Students with Cerebral Palsy
Academic Programs, funding, and support services to achieve success.  More than 760,000 individuals in America currently live with cerebral palsy (CP), with approximately 1,200-1,500 school-aged children being diagnosed with the disability each year.  Until recently, few colleges in the country offered inclusive programs tailored to the individual needs of this population, but all that has started to change as more and more schools roll out specialized offerings.  The following guide offers guidance on some of the programs that are changing the face of education for students with cerebral palsy, it also includes helpful details about financial aid resources and support mechanisms.

Thriving in Trade School with a Disability
Support service, adaptive tools and resources to succeed on the vocational path.  As high school graduation draws near, students with disabilities encounter a spectrum of options for their transition into the working world.  Some students find vocational programs to be a viable post-secondary option as they lead to meaningful, independent work in a skilled trade.  The following guide highlights the benefits of vocational education, potential careers, and laws that protect both students and employees with disabilities.  Employers can also find simple steps for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.