Disability Network believes in equal access. One of the places where the lack of access is evident is when trying to go to school or enter into a training program. Physical, learning or other disabilities can present obstacles.
For some consumers, the first thing to consider is the process of school-to-work transition. This is the process of planning for graduating from high school and going on to some type of higher education. This could mean college, university or a training program.
One of the things that we discuss with our consumers are reasonable accommodations. These are the small but important changes that can be requested through a college or university. The most important is to get in contact with the respective department dealing with student accommodations.
They may include:
- Note taker
- Extra time for tests
- Sign language or oral interpreter
- Adaptive equipment
- Class materials in an alternative format
Another factor to consider is financial assistance. For students that might be on a fixed income, paying for higher education can prove to be difficult. We can discuss their options and other community resources that might be able to help.
Some free resources to access can include:
- Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA): this is federal student aid available through the US Department of Education. For many students, signing up for FAFSA is the first step.
- Pell Grants: an option, after first filling out a FAFSA application. These are grants—money that is given and doesn’t have to repaid like a loan. This is money that is needs-based and awarded to low-income students to improve their access to higher education.
- Fastweb: this is an online service for students that screens scholarships, grants and other financial assistance based on eligibility.
This is just a small selection of education assistance available through Disability Network. If you or somebody else is looking to go or return to school, contact us and we can help you explore your educational options.