Think College is a resource dedicated to education options for persons with disabilities.
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.
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!
Oregon students with disabilities have been declared eligible for federal financial aid this week, reversing an earlier ruling that blocked aid for more than 1,700 recent Oregon high school graduates from receiving funding for college. “It’s like the happiest day of my life…”
Two resources, both from the IRS website, highlighting deductions, exemptions and other important tax information for people with disabilities.
“A special needs trust can be a very powerful aid in managing care for a family member with a disability. It can provide supplemental items like therapy, respite care, dental work, companions, entertainment, education — all without interfering with the beneficiary’s SSI, Medicaid or other government programs. The special needs trust can be a flexible tool. It can also be very difficult and confusing to administer. Have you been named as trustee of a special needs trust? Have you created a special needs trust, and wonder what the job of trustee is actually like? Are you a trust beneficiary, trying to figure out what the trustee is permitted — and required — to do? The Special Needs Alliance is pleased to offer its free booklet on administering special needs trusts. In plain English, it can help you understand the choices and obligations.” From the Special Needs Alliance website.
For more information CLICK HERE or go to http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/free-trustee-handbook/
“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 http://bbi.syr.edu/ to learn more about
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
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
SchoolSoup.com 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 EducationGrant.com 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.
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.
Individual Development Accounts, or IDAs, are matched savings accounts that build the financial management skills of qualifying Oregonians with lower incomes while they save towards a defined goal. IDAs build pathways of opportunity and create models of economic success in Oregon communities.
The Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative invests in the personal and financial growth of individuals to build strong communities throughout Oregon.