For Youth and Parents

AccessComputing Student Resources
Online community (AccessComputing Team) for students with disabilities interested in pursuing degrees in computer science as well as those who wish to mentor them; newsletters describing events and activities of the AccessComputing project; videos featuring students and professionals with disabilities, including veterans, in computing fields.

Accredited Online Colleges
This is a link to an article on accredited online colleges and disability education. The site provides resources for people looking to further their education and discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a degree from an accredited institution.

ACT - Services for Students with Disabilities
ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations.

Breaking Down Barriers: K-12 and Beyond: A Parent's Guide to Accessible Technology in Schools
How parents can advocate for accessible technology in schools, a publication created by The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education. 

College Board - Services for Students with Disabilities
Provides detailed information about applying for accommodations and documentation requirements for college entrance tests.

Disability-Related Resources on the Internet
An ever-growing comprehensive list of resources on disability-related topics that include types of disabilities, technology, and parent support groups. 

DO-IT's College Preparation Resources for Parents and Mentors
Resources useful for parents, mentors, and other advocates of students with disabilities.

DO-IT's Preparing for College
Resources to help students prepare for college and be successful once they arrive.

Electronic Mentoring Programs for Students with Disabilities
A list of electronic mentoring programs that connect youth with disabilities to peers and mentors via the Internet. 

Guideposts for SuccessA group of students, including several in wheelchairs, pose for a group photo at the University of Washington
Developed by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this transition framework identifies the five guideposts, or sets of experiences, that all youth need to transition successfully to adulthood. The guideposts can help steer families, institutions, and youth through the transition processes. Documents are availaable in English and Spanish.

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families
This InfoBrief discusses the importance of soft skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to help their child develop the skills for employment success.

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
KASA is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities. The site offers membership to a monthly listserv for information, 60 tipsheets, and guides written for youth, by youth. Includes articles written by members about their experiences.

Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
This free guide contains higher education tools and information for current and future college students and their families. Multiple experts in the field with experience in academia, financial aid, and law contributed to the content in this resource guide, including:
 • Advice and resources for loans and scholarships available specifically for students with disabilities
 • A comprehensive list of the best schools for disabled students, evaluated by each institution’s disability services
 • Distance learning tips for students with disabilities
 • Job resources for students with disabilities

National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour - Building Economic Strength Together (BEST)
The mission of the Building Economic Strength Together (BEST) Project is to link Jacksonville's (seven county) network of providers, veterans with disabilities, and students with intellectual disabilities to existing financial and tax services, business start-up, financial planning, credit/debt counseling programs, and employment networks.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
NYLN is a youth-led organization empowering people with disabilities between the ages of 16- 28 by supporting them in their role as the next generation of leadership in the Disability Rights Movement. The NYLN:
 • Promotes youth leadership development.
 • Values inclusion, interdependent support systems, and disability pride.
 • Works to create access to the resources youth need to be leaders.
 • Supports work being done by youth activists with disabilities on the local level.
 • Trains youth with disabilities.
 • Connects youth leaders with opportunities to serve and be active members of their communities."

National Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities
Links to resources of particular interest to parents. 

NCSET Parent Briefs
Link to a parent briefs that promote effective parent involvement in secondary education and transition.

Opportunities! Newsletter
The Opportunities! newsletter helps students with disabilities learn about technology, locate campus resources, apply for internships and scholarships, access community and campus resources, engage in research, and attend local events such as job fairs.

Our Ability
A website that enables young people to view, listen to, read, and interact with successful people with disabilities in the education and business world.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
A general resource center for parents of children with disabilities. Includes information and links to other sites ranging from early childhood, juvenile justice and health to technology and legislation. 

Protecting Students With Disabilities
Provides answers to frequently asked questions about Section 504 and the education of children with disabilities.

RAMP Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program
The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP™) is a high tech career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities involved with, or at-risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. The RAMP™ model utilizes a combination of group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring to promote the successful transition of RAMP™ youth to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living.

Student Veterans of America (SVA)
Student Veterans of America is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the United States. SVA chapters provide peer-to-peer networks for veterans who are attending those schools. They coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education. Each local group plays a critical role in ensuring that every veteran is successful after their service.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
The information in this pamphlet, provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. The pamphlet explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

Web Design & Development I (AccessIT Website)
This on-line class provides an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Learn how to critically evaluate website quality; learn how to create and maintain quality web pages; learn about web design standards and why they are important; and learn to create and manipulate images.

YO! (Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud)
YO! connects, organizes, and educates youth with disabilities! YO! provides youth leadership opportunities, social networks, and resources.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.