Online Research Opportunity For College Students With Disabilities

Rebecca Hanna is a graduate student in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Northern Illinois University (NIU). She is conducting a survey-based thesis study that involves gaining a better understanding of how social support and student involvement influences the experiences of college students with disabilities. Eligible participants are currently enrolled students who are registered to receive services at your institution’s disability resource center.

If you are interested in e-mailing the online survey to your students please contact Rebecca at or 309-360-8232 or her faculty advisor Dr. Bryan Dallas at or 815-752-8389. Rebecca will then send you an online link to the informed consent form and survey. This research has been approved by the human subjects committee at NIU.

Student participation is vital in order to understand more about experiences, involvement, and social supports among this population. Student participants who complete the survey will have a chance to receive a $15.00 Amazon gift card.


AHEAD Awarded Grant that Provides Funding for National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)

National Center for College Students with Disabilities logo

We are thrilled to announce the establishment of the National Center for College Students with Disabilities.

NCCSD, or “The Center,” a federally-funded project under the U.S. Department of Education (P116D150005) and administered through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), is housed at AHEAD, but has a national presence.

Our mission is taken from the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and has four purposes:
• To provide assistance to all college students with disabilities and their families
• To provide assistance to colleges and universities, including faculty and disability services providers
• Collect information and research about disability services at campuses in the United States
• Report to the U.S. Department of Education about the current status of college students with disabilities in the U.S.

Our current staff work for the NCCSD from different parts of the country and come together regularly in virtual meetings to plan the activities of the program.
• Wendy Harbour is the Principal Investigator and Project Director
• Sally Scott coordinates research and information services
• Richard Allegra oversees education, training and outreach services
• Jeremy Jarrell develops and maintains our Web presence

In addition to this core staff, NCCSD will include graduate staff, and partner with Santa Fe College in Florida, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Syracuse University on particular projects in development.

Staff have been gathering and analyzing data in support of the work of NCCSD. Parents, students, and higher education professionals have already been in contact with NCCSD for technical assistance. A web-based clearinghouse of information and resources designed for our target audiences is in the works as we speak. Because social media is important to college students, we are establishing a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other venues. It’s a hectic, wonderful period of activity as we build The Center.

While AHEAD continues to serve its members and colleagues, you are welcome to contact NCCSD to learn more, and refer prospective or current college students, their families, instructors, and staff working with them. Anyone with a question about disability and higher education in the U.S. is welcome to contact NCCSD.

Look for announcements from AHEAD on developments at NCCSD, and visit with us in Indianapolis at the AHEAD Conference!

Our email is

Our toll-free number is 844-730-8048 (voice or via Relay)