Resources for students and parents
Moving Ahead – Transition Resources for Everyone
The successful transition of students with disabilities to, through and beyond college is a team effort. AHEAD offers the following to students, parents, professionals and employers so that all are aware of the wide range of resources that are available. FAQ’s - Students FAQ’s - Parents Transition Resources A – Z
Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Disabled Students
For a list of available scholarships, eligibility criteria, award amounts and information on how to apply, please visit http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/disabilities/. This guide offers tips and insights for disabled college students, including legal rights, how to transition to campus life, and online resources and apps to help with specific disabilities: http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/disabled-students/
Education After Injury
What is it like to attend college or university after spinal cord injury? The biggest hurdle is often your perception or confidence in yourself. Believe you can do it and you can! Once you make the decision that you are ready to attend college, campus disability service personnel are available to help with the details. Academic accessibility, such as note and test taking, and e-books, as well as environmental accessibility for classrooms, dorms, and on-campus transportation will all be coordinated through them. Students who have attended school after injury enjoy the many social aspects of college life – participate in sports, clubs, theater, Greek life, and make many friends. Shepherd Center has released "University Accessibility", a short video that promotes the idea that anything is possible after injury, including education. The captioned video can be located at the YouTube link here: https://youtu.be/qF59-wfnl2A
Graduating students often need to leverage their experience as alumni for networking and employment opportunities. The following link provides suggestions on how to work with your institution's alumni association and the associated benefits: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/working-with-your-alumni-association/
Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation. For more information, please visit: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/. You can also find information about affordable online colleges by visiting: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/. Affordable Colleges Online has also produced a guide to show how today’s colleges and universities are improving their technology and resources to help students with visual disabilities earn degrees. The new guide also provides a list of online technology and literary resources students with impairments can use on their own to get ahead. To review the guide, please visit: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/colleges-helping-visually-impaired-students/
Online Education and Online Education Financial Aid Resources
AffordableDegreesOnline.org is a resource designed to help individuals interested in higher education make informed decisions about financial aid options, subject areas, taking advantage of MOOCs and more. AffordableDegreesOnline.org offers information about everything from reducing the cost of a college degree to earning course credit through Prior Learning Assessments. http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/. You can also locate online college's based on a variety of search criteria by visiting Online Colleges Database: http://www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/.
For students looking for information about online colleges, BestColleges.com has compiled a list of the 100 top online colleges of 2014. It is broken down by 2 and 4 year programs to help tailor it to students specific needs: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-schools/..