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Explore Your Education Options!

Think College is a resource dedicated to education options for persons with disabilities.

Teach for America Boosts Special Ed Training

Teach For America Program places recent college graduates into teaching positions.

Get a Scholarship and Go to School!

Microsoft is offering a scholarship to high school seniors with disabilities. Follow the link learn how you or someone you love could have their college education paid for.

Article: White House Urged To Fully Fund IDEA

Since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act began in 1975, the government has never come through on it’s promise to fund 40% of Special Education costs. That may be changing soon!

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to intervention (RTI) is a process used by educators to help students who are struggling with a skill or lesson. Here you can learn about the process of RTI and the strategies you can use to help your child succeed.

Become a Special Education Teacher

Learn more about the specifications and requirements for becoming a Special ED Teacher and then, look for schools near you where you can earn your Master’s Degree in Special ED !

A Guide to Special Education

Would you like to work with children with special needs? Click on the link to learn how and where to begin!

Article: In Twist, School Practices ‘Reverse Inclusion’

“A unique approach at one Ohio school has typically developing teens entering the world of special education for an eye-opening experience. Through a semester-long elective at Kenston High School in Bainbridge, Ohio, high school juniors and seniors work side-by-side in a special education classroom with their peers who have special needs.” – From DisabilityScoop. CLICK HERE to read the entire article!

Education and Down Syndrome

“Like all people, individuals with Down syndrome learn and develop at their own rate and in their own way. People with Down syndrome have varied goals for their futures and individual expectations of their roles in the family, school and community.

Down syndrome is not a blueprint for potential or a prescription for a given educational or life plan. However, people with Down syndrome often experience mild to moderate delays in their cognitive and physical development and research has shown that educational and therapeutic interventions (such as early intervention services) can greatly benefit learners with Down syndrome. Careful consideration, supports and early planning are often necessary to facilitate education and community life.” – From the website. CLICK HERE to visit the website or go to–Down-Syndrome/

Burton Blatt Institute

“The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities… Given the strong ties between one’s ability to earn income and fully participate in their communities, BBI’s work focuses on two interconnected Innovation Areas: Economic Participation and Community Participation. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance in these Innovation Areas, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities.” – From the Burton Institute Website. Click Here or go to to learn more about

Article: Shattering Barriers

“Nothing stops Jerry Robinson. Nothing. After graduating as salutatorian in college and landing a job with a global financial company, Robinson continues to do what he knows best—shatter barriers. The budding scholar, born with cerebral palsy, is now pursuing a doctoral degree at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and conducting research with the BBI team. It’s an incredible feat for someone who nearly died at birth. ‘My parents were told I wouldn’t live long, but here I am,’ says Robinson, 30, who suffered brain damage after the umbilical cord became wrapped around his head…” – From the website. To read the entire article Click Here

Disability Studies Forum

Roundtable discussion featuring scholars in the field of disability studies. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend as space is limited, and be sure to mention any special assistance needs you may have to attend this discussion.

Scholarships for People with Disabilities

It can be difficult to find information regarding available scholarships, especially when you are looking for scholarships specifically for disabled people. Here are a few resources that might help make that search a little easier has a compiled an excellent list of scholarships, ranging in value from $500 up to $20,000, for many different disabilities. For more information click here

Disabled World has information of both scholarships to go to college, but also grants for other services; such as sending a developmentally disabled child to summer camp. It also had some useful tips for searching scholarships on the Internet. To visit their website click here has created a list of grants and scholarships sorted by specific disability. For example: Autism, Down Syndrome, Physical Disability, Blindness, Deafness, etc. A great place to find disability specific scholarships and grants! Start searching HERE!

At you can narrow your search according to what state you live in and what you are interested in studying. The search engine is easy to use and very helpful. Click here to get started

FinAid focuses on scholarships for people with learning disabilities. There are many different scholarships available, however, with the growing number of people claiming to have learning disabilities the scholarships are highly competitive.

Education Week: On Special Education

Education Week: On Special Education is an online news source which focuses specifically on issues in special education. With an archive of hundreds of articles, organized by subject (ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Early Intervention, etc.) this is a great resource for keeping up with current events in the world of Special Education.

Disabled? Want to go to college? Start here!

A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College An excellent resource for anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend college at some point in their lives. This guide covers many different subjects ranging from goal setting, managing time, searching for grants and scholarships, developing a support network, and where to look (both on and off campus) when you need help.


PEPNet provides resources and expertise that enhance educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing–including those with co-occurring disabilities. PEPNet’s national outreach is coordinated through its four regional centers. At the local level, each state’s contact person is the gateway to the shared knowledge and best practices of the four regions. PEPNet regional centers work collaboratively to provide a broad variety of best practices & resources where and when you need them to enhance educational opportunities.

Speech and Language Impairments in Your Classroom: 8 Tips for Teachers

Do you have a student in your classroom who struggles with articulation, fluency, voice, or language? Is the student’s academic performance being negatively affected? This blog will give you 8 tips to help support students in your class who have speech or language impairments.

Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College.

Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College.

April 13, 2011 KUNC For students living with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, the everyday social interactions of college life can be awkward. So as more kids with autism head off to college, there’s a growing demand for college services to help students fit in, graduate and ultimately find jobs.

Behavior at School

A resource for children with behavioral issues, their families and teachers from NICHCY with information and links on positive behavior management in the classroom, behavior issues and specific disabilities such as Autism and ADD/ADHD, and what the laws require. En Espanol.

School Choice Students with Disabilities

A collection of resources on school choice and students with disabilities. Finding the best fit educational environment for a student with disabilities.

No Child Left Behind and School Choice Opportunities in Special Education – To benefit from NCLB, parents of kids with learning disabilities must understand key provisions in this federal education law.

The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities – 10 commonly asked questions that families and educators of students with disabilities have about charter schools. We also offer links to state-specific resources that can help you better understand how charter schools work in your individual state.

School Vouchers and Students with Disabilities – a 36 page policy paper from the National Council on Disability complete with a two page summary.

No Child Left Behind: Making the Most of Options for IDEA-eligible Students – an in-depth article from LDOnline covering questions to ask when considering changing schools and supplemental education services considerations.

Journal Educationnext Summer 2012/Vol. 12, No. 3 Special Choices: Do Voucher Schools Serve Students with Disabilities?

Oregon House Bill (HB) 3681 on Inter District Transfer of Students FAQ – This bill takes affect during the 2012/2013 school year was enacted by the 2011 legislature and provides an additional method of school choice for Oregon students.

Home Schooling for Students with Disabilities Resource – Frequently asked questions around home schooling as an option for students with disabilities from the Oregon Department of Education.

Eugene 4J School District School Choice Information – This page explain the school choice process for families in the 4J District. A section discussing students on 504 plans, in special educations, and/or IEPs is halfway down the webpage.

Springfield Public School Special Programs

Special Programs covers a wide range of services. These include special education, family resource centers, health services, Title programs, positive behavior support, community transition programs, and Motor Team (OT/PT services).

Inclusive Schools Network

The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices.

Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities

This resource page addresses one aspect of development that’s important not to ignore with children with or without disabilities—the development of sexuality. There’s so much to know and consider on this subject–what sexuality is, its meaning in adolescent and adult life, and the responsibilities that go along with exploring and experiencing one’s own sexuality. Children need information about values, morals, and the subtleties of friendship, dating, love, and intimacy. They also need to know how to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual exploitation. This is especially true when the young person has a disability.