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Information about postsecondary education of students with disabilities for parents, students, and professionals is available from these sites.

 

AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability)
AHEAD is a professional organization founded “to address the need and concern for upgrading the quality of services and support available to persons with disabilities in higher education.” Its web site includes information about membership, conferences, publications, legal information (including relevant court decisions and OCR findings), job information, and related resources.
 

Disability Information for Students and Professionals
This personal effort to develop a “one stop resource for students from around the world studying to support and work for individuals with disabilities” may not meet its goal, but it does an excellent job of bringing together news, links and communications opportunities for students interested in disability-related careers.
 

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
Based at the University of Washington, DO-IT helps people with disabilities pursue academics and careers, with an emphasis on the use of technology. This site provides information about the program and related resources. The section on college transition and access is particularly useful for students.
 

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
Developed as “a resource to the education community,” EASI provides information and guidance relating to “access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities.” Its web site offers a wealth of articles and other resources for higher education professionals, librarians, and others concerned with technology issues in education and information access. Also listed under Librarians’ Connections – General Information and under Assistive Technology – General.
 

HEATH Resource Center
The HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. This federally funded program serves as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. Its website offers information about frequently asked questions, hot topics, publications, etc.
 

Masters In Counseling
This personal effort has created is a wide variety of careers available to individuals with master’s degrees in counseling. A holder of a masters in counseling can become a school counselor, rehabilitation counselor, career counselor, mental health counselor, substance abuse counselor, or marriage and family therapist, just to name a few of the options.
 

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports
Based at the University of Hawaii’s Center on Disability Studies, this Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) studies the nature and range of supports and postsecondary programs, the contribution of technological advances and their impact, the effectiveness of supports as measured against outcomes, and how educational supports carry over to employment. Most of the web site is about the RRTC itself, although researchers can find some good articles about postsecondary educational supports in the “Products” section.
 

NEADS (National Educational Association of Disabled Students
NEADS is a Canadian-based consumer organization with a mandate to “encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities.” Its web site includes information about the organization, resources for students with disabilities in Canada, and related items.
 

ODIS (Online Disability Information System) Database
Sponsored by Maine’s university affiliated program, this excellent datatbase is designed to help users find the best websites about postsecondary education for students with disabilities. The 475 abstracts can be searched by site name, category, description, or descriptors.
 

Project PURSUIT
PURSUIT is “a multifaceted approach to encouraging students with disabilities to pursue their academic and professional dreams. PURSUIT focuses on opening doors to classes and careers in science, engineering and mathematics beginning at the high school level. The program offers a wide variety of services for students, parents, professionals, etc.
 

Related Subjects
Distance Education

Education

Higher Education – Funding

Rehabilitation Counseling

Transition

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