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Disability Services

Resources

If you are a student with a disability, or a parent of a student with a disability, we encourage you to browse the following resources for any material that may be helpful to you.

General Disability Resources

Tuition Reimbursement Plan for Medical Withdrawals

An elective insurance plan that provides coverage for Tuition in addition to Room and Board. 

Massachusetts Office on Disability

A state advocacy agency that seeks to ensure the full and equal participation of people of all ages with disabilities in many life activities. It focuses on legal rights, opportunities, support services, accommodations, and accessibility.

HEATH Resource Center

This site contains information relevant to students with disabilities in post-secondary education, including information on scholarships and materials to help with the transition to post-secondary education.

Disability.gov

A site maintained by the federal government with detailed information about legal rights and services for the disability community.

Office for Civil Rights: “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities”

This government site contains information on legal rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities entering post-secondary education.


Specific Disabilities (Alphabetical)

ADD/ADHD

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Provides information about ADD/ADHD and a directory of local chapters of the organization. The site also has information on subscribing to its magazine, Attention.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Lists directories of support groups and professionals who work with people who have ADD. It also publishes a newsletter and hosts webinars on coping with ADD.

ADDitude

A magazine about living with ADHD. Its site provides tips and strategies for people with ADHD to incorporate into their social, academic, and work lives, including tips on planning for college and study tips.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)

Provides community support and education for adults, teens, children, and families with Asperger’s Syndrome.

AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities) 
AHEADD's Boston branch

Provides support for college students with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, High-Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information (OASIS)

A comprehensive resource for reference materials, event information, and professional help. Includes a newsletter and message boards.

Hearing Impairment

PEPNet

Devoted to furthering educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Massachusetts Committee for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)

Provides services to Massachusetts residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDAA)

A support association for people with learning disabilities, which has a large resource network.

The International Dyslexia Association

A nonprofit organization that provides education and support for people with dyslexia.

Physical Disabilities

New Mobility

A magazine for wheelchair users. Its website features blogs and a message board.

The Ride

The MBTA’s transport service for people with disabilities, not limited to Massachusetts residents.

Visual Disabilities

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Offers information about vision loss, links to support organizations, job listings, and message boards.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Advocates for people with vision loss and runs programs to improve the quality of life of people with vision loss.

NFB Newsline

A free service for listening to newspapers and magazines over the phone.

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)

Provides services for legally blind residents of Massachusetts.


For Veterans

Student Veterans of America

Provides information on legal rights of veterans returning to school, advocates for members to make sure they receive full benefits and transition successfully, and also has scholarships available.

Office for Civil Rights: “So You Want to Go Back to School”

This government site has information on the legal rights of disabled veterans who want to return to school.

National Center for PTSD

Answers questions about post-traumatic stress disorder and offers treatment and self-help advice.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

A nonprofit organization whose website provides information on services and benefits available to disabled veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project: Connect         

A social network for injured veterans to connect with other veterans, their families, and friends for support and information.


College & Career Resources

Transition to College

U.S. Department of Education: Transition to Postsecondary School

Contains a helpful list of questions and answers about legal rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in college and how they differ from those in high school.

NCSET (National Center on Secondary Education and Transition)

These FAQs address the support students with disabilities can receive in college and differences from high school supports.

How to Do Really Well in College: A Guide for Freshmen

Gives strategies and suggestions for how to succeed in all areas of college life.

Career

Office of Disability Employment Policy

This government site has information regarding disclosure of a disability in work settings.

Emerging Leaders Summer Internship

A competitive program that places undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in paid summer internships, to help students gain experience that may lead to future leadership opportunities.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Explains workplace accommodations and rights under the ADA.


Assistive Technology

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

Focuses on education and research related to technology and disability.

Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA)

Dedicated to assistive technology engineering and design research.

AbleData

Provides objective, detailed information on assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment.


Community Resources

Disability Social History Project

Dedicated to a community history project enabling the disabled community to work together to reclaim its own history.

Society for Disability Studies (SDS)

The SDS promotes Disability Studies as an academic discipline.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

A national nonprofit organization for people with disabilities that seeks to unite and serve as a voice for the community of people with disabilities.

 

Ashley Brow

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