Resources for Students with Disabilities
DisabilityInfo.gov provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.
Department of Education Resources: Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, has a variety of resources available to help blind and visually impaired students fund their education beyond high school.
- Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
- We have Braille versions of the following Federal Student Aid Documents available in our office:
- My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College - A Workbook for Middle and Junior High Students
- College Preparation Checklist
- Do You Need Money for College? Federal Student Aid at a Glance 2011-12
- Direct Loan Basics for Parents
- Direct Loan Basics for Students
- Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid:2011-2012
IRS in American Sign Language (ASL) - This is the official YouTube channel of the Internal Revenue Service. This channel will feature videos produced by the IRS on various tax administration topics in American Sign Language (ASL).
Another federal law that applies to the education of students with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). That law is administered by the Office of Special Education Programs in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. The IDEA and its Individualized Education Program (IEP) provisions do not apply to postsecondary schools.
Statewide Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (look under outreach resources)
- Louisiana Rehabilitation Services' Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides comprehensive rehabilitation services that go far beyond those found in routine job training programs. This frequently includes work evaluation and job readiness services; assessment for and provision of assistive technology, such as customized computer interfaces for persons with physical or sensory disabilities; job counseling services, and medical and therapeutic services
- The Advocacy Center is Louisiana's protection and advocacy system. Federal law requires that a protection and advocacy system operate in every state to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities. The organization is a tax-exempt, private non-profit corporation organized in 1978 and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
- The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center promotes the independence of the deaf, the hard of hearing and the multi-handicapped deaf in Louisiana
- The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities
- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has posted a series of videos which address various topics that will help young people with disabilities navigate the job search process. The videos star young professionals that either have disabilities themselves or work with college students with disabilities. These videos are intended to provide you with real-life information and personal experiences.
- The Lighthouse for the Blind (New Orleans) - The Lighthouse for the Blind is a not for profit organization dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired community by providing quality products, services, and opportunities for independence.
- Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement, and was founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California. Their mission is "To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture."
- Bookshare's Free Online Library for Students with Disabilities
- AAPD Internships Offer Students with Disabilities Opportunity for Resume Building
- The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States
- Hearing Aids and Other Assistive Devices: Where to Get Assistance - Please notify your counselor if you have to purchase any of these devices as we can include the cost of anything not covered by insurance or any other government program.
Emergency Preparation Resources
In an effort to better inform the community the Northeast Texas Public Health District has compiled 18 Emergency Preparedness Topics and formatted the information to be friendly to deaf, blind, and limited sight populations. The information is in video and downloadable document format for public use.There is no charge for use of the materials posted on this website.
- Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People With Disabilities
- If the format of any material on FEMA's Web site interferes with your ability to access the information, due to an issue with accessibility caused by a disability as defined in the Rehabilitation Act, please contact FEMA-New-Media@dhs.gov for assistance.
American Association on Health and Disability - The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is to support health promotion and wellness initiatives for children and adults with disabilities. One section on their website is dedication to Emergency Preparedness
Catholic Charities of New Orleans' Deaf Action Center is a community service program for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing. Check out their YouTube page for videos in American Sign Language detailing what to do in case of weather-related emergencies like flash floods, tornadoes and hurricanes.
Outside Scholarship Programs
- General Resources
- Learning Disability
- Anne Ford Scholarship -The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. The ideal candidate is a high school senior who has faced the challenges of having a learning disability; is committed to completing a college degree and setting career goals; has demonstrated perseverance; embraces new opportunities; has a well-rounded perspective shaped by experiences in school, in the community, and with family and friends; understands how LD affects his/her life and recognizes the importance of self-advocacy; believes in contributing to society in a way that increases the opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities; and will feel comfortable serving as a role model for others who struggle with LD.
- Hearing Loss/Deafness
- Visual Loss/ Blindness
- The National Federation for the Blind - scholarships are available for students who are legally blind. The application deadline is March 31, 2013
- American Foundation for the Blind -The deadline for applying for AFB's 2013 scholarships is April 30, 2013
- The Jewish Guild for the Blind has created an annual scholarship program for college bound high school students who are legally blind . Applications will be accepted from students at the end of their junior year, with recipients selected and scholarships awarded the following academic year. The Guild Scholar Program will award 12 to15 scholarships of up to $15,000 each.
Updated April 14, 2013