Resources

Transition to College for Students with Disabilities

A group of college service providers in Western New York has updated a document entitled "Effective College Planning" for students with disabilities. A companion workbook is also available to assist students in completing necessary college transition activities. Check out this website: http://www.ccdanet.org

Office of Civil Rights

At the following website, the Office of Civil Rights (US Department of Education) provides information, which explains the rights responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend post-secondary education: http://www.ed.gov/ocr/transition.html

Financial Aid for College Students with Disabilities

The HEATH Resource Center is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. HEATH has created a very thorough resource paper on financial aid for college students with disabilities.  http://www.heath.gwu.edu/publications/2009-2010-heath-financial-aid-information/

Accommodations

Many students with disabilities entering college have not experimented with various types of academic accommodations beyond testing modifications. The Job Accommodations Network is a wonderful resource to tap into for ideas on how various types of limitations (e.g., writing, reading, math, concentration, memory, time management) can be accommodated. Check out the web site for additional information:  http://askjan.org/

Assistive Technology

The Center for Assistive Technology is located at the University at Buffalo and provides assistive technology assessment and training services for college and career-oriented individuals with disabilities on a fee-for-service basis. Contact CAT at (716) 829-3441; 515 Kimball Hall Tower, Buffalo NY 14207, or on the web at http://www.cat.buffalo.edu/

Adult Career & Continuing Education Services (ACCES-VR) (formerly Vocational and Educational Services for Individual with Disabilities)

ACCES-VR is an office of New York State Education Department.  ACCES-VR's vocational rehabilitation services program can help students with disabilities decide on career goals and get help to prepare for a job. To find a local office, check out their website at http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/do/locations.htmor call the local Buffalo office at (716)847-3294 or the Albany Office at (518)473-8097.

ACCES-VR also has a transition web site, which describes the transition for secondary students with disabilities to help students prepare for post-school employment, community living, and postsecondary education. Check out  http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/do/transition.htm