College and College Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

    13 surprising tips for applying to college

    Even though your brain is crammed with college admissions info, somehow the crazy process of applying to college still feels like a scavenger hunt. That’s where this list comes in. Wisdom from those who’ve already tread this path — plus some lesser-known facts — may change your and your child’s approach to this process… and it just might set your mind at ease.
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    Apps to Support Successful Transition to College for Students with ASD

    From "Teaching Exceptional Children" Volume 51 Issue 2 "As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to increase (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014), so too does the rate of high school students with ASD enrolling in college after graduation (Brown & DiGaldo, 2011; Sanford et al., 2011). Although accommodations can be provided to these students through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), only 20% of students with disabilities, including ASD, graduate from college (Grogan, 2015), in contrast to 59% of students without disclosed disabilities (U.S. Department of Education, 2017). Many factors contribute to the disappointing graduation rate of students with disabilities, including those related to five key domains known to influence the success of college students with ASD: academics (Sayman, 2015; Taylor & Colvin, 2013), social interactions (Grogan, 2015; McKeon, Alpern, & Zager, 2013), living outside the family home (Cullen, 2015; Dente & Coles, 2012), executive functioning (Cai & Richdale, 2016; Sayman, 2015), and mental health (Pugliese & White, 2014; Taylor & Colvin, 2013). To prepare high school students with ASD for college, educators can use assistive technology, including specific software applications (apps), in tandem with evidence-based teaching practices to support skill development and student success (Fletcher-Watson, McConnell, Manola, & McConachie, 2014)."
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    NCLD Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

    High school seniors who are part of the class of 2019 and have a documented learning disability or ADHD are welcome to apply for the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas scholarships.
    Click this link to apply.

    College Board widens the net for scholarships

    Aamer Madhani, reporter USA Today, reports that "The College Board, the nonprofit group that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement tests, launched a $25 million scholarship program intended to help students at the bottom of the class as much it does the valedictorians. College Board President David Coleman told USA TODAY the College Board Opportunity Scholarship has no minimum grade-point average or SAT score requirement. Instead, students become eligible for scholarships by working their way through a checklist of essential steps in the college application process – such as building a list of schools they’re interested in attending, practicing for the SAT, improving their scores and filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid."
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    Education Department updates College affordability and transparency lists

    As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to keep college within reach for all Americans and encourage institutions to make the costs of college more transparent, the U.S. Department of Education today updated college costs lists on its College Affordability and Transparency Center.
    Click this link to go to the site.

    Federal Student Aid

    A one-stop website for students and their families to assist the transition to life beyong high school by providing information and resources on planning and paying for postsecondary education, career planning, campus life, and online study assistance.
    Click this link to go to the site.

    SAT Preparation Resource

    Taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT is one of the trials that high school students must go through in the process of applying for college. Many students make the mistake of trying to cram all that studying into a few hours before the test. It works best if the students starts early.
    The Veritas Prep Site presents useful SAT prep material and guidance.
    Click this link to go to the site.

    College Scholarship Search Tool

    Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans and other types of student financial aid. You can also filter your search results to find scholarships specifically for students with disabilities. For more information about this tool read the frequently asked questions.
    Click this link to go to the Search Tool.

    Accomadations on the College Board Testing: PSAT, SAT

    A helpful guide to the process of getting accommodations from the college board on the PSAT and SAT.
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    Ways to Attend College for Free

    "Everyone deserves a college education, but with the escalating cost of tuition, few can easily afford the price. These days, public school students pay more than $32,000 for a 4-year degree, according to the College Board. For private school students that figure more than triples to $114,000, not including room, board or books."
    Click this link to read the article.

    Navigating College with Autism

    Handbook from The Autistic Self Advocacy Network written by adults and youth with autism for current and future college students with autism. Discusses disability and special education laws that apply to students from grades K-12 and how students in college must advocate for themselves. Also includes information on independent living, health and safety, and social issues.
    New Resource: Handbook on Autistic Self Advocacy in college - 11/14/11

    College Checklist: A complete checklist for getting ready to go to College

    This checklist is for students (of all ages) who haven't attended college or trade school, and parents of students in elementary and secondary school. It includes a “to do" list, starting with elementary school, to help students prepare academically and financially for education beyond high school. Each section is split into subsections for students and parents, explaining what to do. It also has publications and other websites that might be useful to them.
    click here to see the check list

    2011-12 Counselors and Mentors Handbook on Federal Student Aid

    This guide has information on federal and non-federal student aid programs, how financial need is determined for students who may have expenses related to their disability, information for students with intellectual disabilities (page 9), the application process and tips for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
    This link opens an 88 page PDF document.

    Colleges for students with ADHD and LD

    This New York Times article provide a nice overview of College program specifically designed for students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. It points out the need to ensure students are receiving the right services in School so they are better prepared to be successful when they go to college.
    Click this link to read the article.


    Have major companies help pay for your child's college or raise money for your school for free. is a highly recommended site because by becoming a member of the site, large corporations will give you money to put into your child's college savings account at no cost to you.  Members register their child's 529 college savings plan and their credit cards, Wegmans card, CVS card, and/or Tops Cards.  When you purchase specific items in the store, for example Land O'Lakes butter. Land O'Lakes puts a couple of pennies in your Upromise Account. Similarly when you shop on line, many merchants will give you donate 1 to 10% of your purchase into your account, at no additional charge. When you have over $50 in your Upromise account they will then transfer the money to your child's college saving account.

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