InfoQuest March-April 2007

by Quest Staff on March 1, 2007 - 10:16am

QUEST Vol. 14, No. 2

This list provides a good starting point for finding information and answers to questions pertaining to education — preschool through college — for students with disabilities. You’ll also find some information about arts, travel, internship and mentoring programs for children and youth.

Check out “Building the IEP Puzzle,” which includes more resources. Also keep in mind MDA’s booklet “A Teacher’s Guide to Neuromuscular Disease,” available in English or Spanish.

Accessible Technologies for All Students
(866) 267-8747
Sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the site offers resources and publications about the use of assistive technology in grades K-12.

Association on Higher Education and Disability
(704) 947-7779
AHEAD addresses relevant issues in postsecondary education.

Center for Applied Special Technology
(781) 245-2212
The site offers information about universal design practices for the classroom, and accessible curriculum and digital technologies.

RIC Clearinghouse (Educational Resources Information Center)
(800) 538-3742
ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, including information on students with disabilities.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities
(312) 939-3513
FRCD provides information and referral services, transition services, and training and outreach.

HEATH Resource Center
(800) 544-3284
The center’s resource papers, fact sheets, guides and directories focus on accessibility, classroom and laboratory adaptations, financial aid, independent living, postsecondary education, vocational education and more.

International Do-It Center
The site is focused on universal design and assistive technology in education.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
(412) 341-1515

National Association of Private Special Education Centers
(202) 408-3338

National Center for Learning Disabilities
(888) 575-7373
The site features a parent center with resources, guides and publications.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
(612) 624-2097
The center helps guide students with disabilities and their families as they plan for life after high school.

National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education Through Technology, Media and Materials

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
(866) 745-5641
NDPC-SD provides links to teleseminars and e-news.

National Library Service
(888) 657-7323
NLS loans recorded and Braille books and magazines, music scores and playback equipment to people with visual or physical impairments.

National Longitudinal Transition Study
(866) 269-7274
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the study documents the experiences of a national sample of special education students as they move from secondary school into adult roles.

AAPD Internship Programs
(800) 840-8844
Internships in congressional offices are offered to college students with disabilities.

Emerging Leaders Internship Program
(516) 465-1510
Opportunities for students with disabilities are offered at leading corporations and nonprofit organizations in several cities.

Listen to Our Stories
The site presents an anthology of poetry, essays, interviews, songs, journals, letters and pictures by children and young adults with disabilities.

Mobility International USA
The site has information about study abroad and other educational exchange programs.

National Youth Leadership Network Institute
(866) 480-6565
The institute promotes leadership development and education among young people with disabilities.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities
(617) 556-4075
PYD conducts online and in-person mentoring programs.

VSA arts
Educational arts programs provide youth with contests and opportunities in art, music, playwriting and theater.

Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars Scholarship Program
(800) 486-8921
The program offers college students a chance to develop leadership skills and gain work experience in public service. Fifty scholarships are earmarked for students with disabilities.
This curriculum-based tool can help young people plan for life after high school. Certain segments specifically address disability issues.

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