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Guide to Distance Learning for People with Disabilities
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This guide was prepared by our NHU staff to assist individuals with disabilities investigate opportunities in higher education via distance learning classes. The guide will assist an individual in determining whether or not distance learning is a feasible option, will discuss accessibility issues concerning each mode of distance learning, will suggest ways in which an individual may obtain financial assistance for tuition, adaptive and computer technology and will discuss the laws relating to an individual's right to accessible distance education. It will further offer a list of "disability friendly" universities that offer distance learning programs.

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College Assistance for ADHD Students

From U.S. News and World Report, this article describes various resources available for students with ADD or ADHD. It also includes scholarship and grant opportunities.


New sign College Resources for Students with Disabilities

on Rutgers University On-line offers information and many resources for students transitioning, older students returning to college and many college resources on the rights, laws, special academic adjustments and accommodations and access technology for students with disabilities.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

by Affordable Colleges Online organizes information for college bound students by disability. With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. Find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.


College Resources for Students with Disabilities

BestColleges.com recently created a guide that 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.


College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

By Affordable Colleges Online, for students with disabilities who are entering college will find that there are selective scholarship opportunities for which they may apply that can help pay for school. Discover scholarships, both for specific disabilities and more broadly-focused, that can help students with disabilities pay for their educations, as well as additional resources for obtaining funding.


Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities

High Tech Center Training Unit, in collaboration with the Distance Education Accessibility Workgroup, created this guide, which discusses legal requirements, basic requirements for providing access, access guidelines for specific modes of distance education, including print media, audio conferencing, video conferencing/video transmission (live), video transmission (pre recorded), and the world wide web. The guide also discusses instructional delivery, and instructional software, including laser video disc, CD-ROM, and DVD. The guide also features links to several related websites.


Family and Student Support

Center on Technology and Disability assists organizations and programs that serve families of children with disabilities by providing information and support on accessing and using assistive technology. Their website, is a source full of assistive/instructional technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities. The link above lists videos and guides that offer help on how to make a successful transition with your assistive technology.


Higher Education for Students with Disabilities

from Accredited Schools Online, This guide provides information on Rights, Choosing the Right School, Accredidation and Accredited School Online, Distance Learning, Financial Aid, and Helpful Resources for the student with disabilities.


Homeschooling and Special Needs Children

by Christopher Klicka. This article, by the Homeschool Legal Defense Assocation, describes the benefits of homeschooling for those with disabilities. Sections include: I. Introduction, II. Parents Excel in Teaching Their Special Needs Children, III. The Home Is the Ideal Environment for Special Needs Children, IV. Can I Legally Home School My Special Needs Child and What Are My Rights? V. How Can I Get Help To Teach My Child With Special Needs? and VI. Conclusion: Homeschooling Work.


How to Sell Textbooks: The Ultimate Guide from ValoreBooks

This guide is a comprehensive 7-chapter resource, providing highly accessible and detailed information on ways for students to sell their textbooks. The guide is written by experts at ValoreBooks, a leading textbook marketplace. It covers how to sell on Amazon, Ebay, in-person and other channels. It compares pros and cons for each channel, allowing students to make the best financial decisions. The guide gives students a tool to save money despite constantly rising textbooks prices.


Missouri Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) College Guidebook

Missouri AHEAD has written this guidebook to help students with disabilities achieve access into postsecondary education institutions and find success once they are enrolled. It was also written to help postsecondary institutions establish connections with secondary schools in order to recruit qualified students with disabilities into programs. The guide should also be helpful to secondary special education teachers and parents of students with disabilities. More specifically, the guide offers information on legislation, transition, preparation for college, financial aid and available education resources.


Navigating College A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults

Leaving high school and going to college is complicated for everyone. But if you’re a student on the autism spectrum who is about to enter higher education for the first time, it might be a little bit more complicated for you. The book Navigating College is written for current and future Autistic college students.


Show Me the Money! Options for Paying for College

Heath Resource Center has developed this comprehensive web section concerning financial aid for students with disabilities, discussing grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.


Teaching Students with Special Needs

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Teacher © 2005 by Anthony D. Fredericks. You are not alone when you're working with special needs students. Often specialists, clinicians, and other experts are available in the school as part of an educational team. Included on the team may be special education teachers, diagnosticians, parents, social workers, representatives from community agencies, administrators, and other teachers. By working in concert and sharing ideas, you can provide a purposeful education plan for each special needs student. This guide deals with students who have learning disabilities, hearing impairments, visual impairments, physical problems, emotional problems, or ADHD.


New sign The Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities

"This guide from Goodcall.com is optimized to work with a broad range of assistive technologies for students with disabilities. The purpose of this guide is to provide disabled students with comprehensive information about how to pay for college as well as scholarships and other information that is specifically helpful for students with disabilities, including the rights for students with disabilities who are attending college. This guide was built to accommodate the special needs of students with disabilities. The design, formatting and style were developed to be easily interpreted by students with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities. On October 19, 2016 this guide was published in conformance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines."


The Ultimate Guide to Conquering Distractions (and Graduating Top of Your Class)

This in-depth guide on eliminating distractions for more effective study sessions was developed to help all aspiring students with finding a program that will keep their interests, setting goals, and graduating top of their class. The guide includedes strategies for better study, Creating a Special Place to Study and a Formal Study Plan, Establishing a Formal Study Program and Balancing Your Time and Expanding Your Capacity to Study, as well as thinking in Terms of Goals, Keeping in touch with Family and Friends.

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