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- AffordableColleges.com has a list of scholarships for individuals with disabilities on their website: http://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/scholarships-students-with-disabilities/
- Alabama Department of Education (334) 242-9700 alsde.edu/html/home.asp
- The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) is a non-profit 501c3, organized in 2002 by Alabama parents, educators, and professionals serving families. APEC provides services and supports to assist families particularly those underserved including minority, low-income, and those with children with disabilities. 10520 US Highway 231 Wetumpka, AL 36092, (334)567-2252, (866)532-7660 Toll Free in Alabama, firstname.lastname@example.org alabamaparentcenter.com
- Auburn Montgomery Bridge Program – Even if you do not fully meet all the requirements for admission to AUM, you still may find a home here through our Bridge Program. This program is designed for students who meet specific academic criteria in order to enroll them in courses structured to prepare them for full admission. If you qualify, our Bridge Program will provide you with extra academic support for one semester prior to gaining full admission to AUM. During the Bridge semester, you will be enrolled in courses designed specifically for “bridging the gap” to a continued and successful college career. Bridge courses consist of a University Success course, as well as a Math and/or English course. Throughout the semester, faculty and staff on our Bridge team will assist you by teaching you skills needed for success in college. The Bridge Program connects you with campus resources so that you can thrive at AUM. 334-244-3473 http://www.aum.edu/admissions/admissions-programs/bridge-program
- Auburn University at Montgomery Center for Disability Services provides academic support services to students with disabilities & facilitates accommodations for students when working with AUM faculty & stuff. Tamara Massey, Director 334-244-3631 E-mail: email@example.com Website: aum.edu./campus-life/student-affairs/center-for-disability-services PO Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023
- Alabama’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is considered to be the foundation for our state’s future. CTE is focused on developing the skills of K-12 students and strives to prepare them for postsecondary learning and workforce opportunities. It also provides them essential leadership skills through participation in student organizations. CTE is learning that works for Alabama. alcareerinfo.org 334-242-9111 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birmingham Learning Center 600 University Park Place, Suite 310 Homewood, Alabama 35209 P: (205) 870-4181 F: (205) 870-8963 Toll Free: (888) 850-5277 email@example.com http://www.lindamoodbell.com
- Career Journey – sponsored by the ADRS, this fun, hands-on training program will provide you with important skills for gaining and maintaining employment. Melanie Osborne – 205-290-4517 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Myra Shamburger – 205-290-4513 or email@example.com
- Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.
- College Prep ADRS is a free workshop that is designed to provide VRS consumers with the skills necessary to succeed in college. 205-414-8432 1-800-441-7609
- College search for programs in Alabama: http://programs.thinkcollege.net/?f=tc_state_province%3AAlabama
- The Construction Education Foundation of Alabama– CEFA- is supported by local contractors who believe that having trained workers on their job sites is vital to the success of their companies.All students who SUCCESSFULLY complete training will be referred to any available employment opportunities with our commercial contractor contacts. Tel: 205-956-0146 Fax: 205-956-0149 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.cefatradetraining.org/
- The country’s first Community Outreach Special Education Parent Teacher Association (COSEPTA) was chartered in May 2010 under the authority of the award-winning Birmingham Council of PTAs, part of the Alabama PTA, a branch of the National PTA. The PTA has provided support, information and resources to families focused on the health and education of children for 100 years. COSEPTA was formed by families of children with special needs as a mechanism for parents to become stronger partners with teachers, administrators, legislators and our community. COSEPTA@gmail.com cosepta.org
- Council for Exceptional Children – The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. http://www.cec.sped.org/
- Crossing Points is a two-tier postsecondary transition program on the campus of The University of Alabama. Crossing Points is funded in part by a 5-year grant by the Office of Postsecondary Programs of the US Department of Education and supported primarily the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa County School System, and the Community of Tuscaloosa. Crossing Points Tier 1 is a collaboration between The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa City Schools, and Tuscaloosa County School System. Tier 1 serves students with significant disabilities ages 18-21 years who are still receiving IDEA services. Tier 1 follows the Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County school systems’ Academic year calendar. Crossing Points Tier 2, also known as the Summer Bridge Program, is a postsecondary pipeline program for college-age students with intellectual disabilities ages 18+ years from anywhere in the State of Alabama and beyond. (205) 348-3180 email@example.com crossingpoints.ua.edu
- Disability Support Services, UAB –The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s mission is to enrich the academic experience for each student through education, research, and service. The University believes disability is an essential component of diversity on our campus and values the unique experiences of each student. Our philosophy promotes self-awareness, self-determination and self-advocacy by providing education to students with disabilities about their rights and responsibilities so they can make informed choices in order to meet or exceed the standards of all students at UAB. (205) 934-4205(Voice) (205) 934-4248 (TDD) (205) 934-8170 (Fax) uab.edu/students/disability firstname.lastname@example.org
- Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Access to more than 1.2 million pieces of information related to education of individuals with developmental disabilities or those who are gifted. National network co-sponsored by U.S. Department of Education and Office of Educational Research and Improvement. http://www.eric.ed.gov
- Education Week on the Web Online compilation of timely articles on education in America, including special education section.
- The “EAGLES” – Auburn University Education to Accomplish Growth in Life Experiences for Success program – is a postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities. EAGLES provides an opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to engage in a multi-year campus residential experience (e.g., two-year basic program, four-year advanced program for eligible participants). The program’s focus areas are to: (1) increase independence, (2) improve leadership and advocacy skills, (3) prepare for employment, and (4) develop life skills (e.g., social, self-determination/awareness). The program is housed within the College of Education, Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling, at the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, which specializes in programs for students with disabilities. Auburn Transition Leadership Institute 100 Ramsay Hall Auburn, Alabama 36849 Phone: (334) 844-5927 Fax: (334) 844-5950 email@example.com web.auburn.edu/institute/eagles/default.aspx
- PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others. http://www.pacer.org
- Family Education Network A host of articles, tips, and expert advice on every aspect of parenting including parenting and educating children with special needs. http://www.familyeducation.com/home/
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence Hundreds of education resources supported by agencies across the US Federal government. http://www.free.ed.gov/
- Gentle Teaching Non-violent approach to teaching children and adults with special needs.
- Glenwood Consultation & Training Services 3-21 years of age School initiated referrals only Free services Special Education Assessment, Student Observation and recommendations, school-based psychological evaluation “SUPERS”, and follow-up consultation within the same school year Glenwood School-based Transition Services for 14 years old or older Evaluation/vocational assessment, natural supports, parental goals and concerns for child with ASD, connecting with adult agencies.
- Inclusion of Students with Special Needs Site for teachers and parents advocating for an inclusive school environment. Includes information on system change, staff development, teaching and learning in an inclusive environment, collaboration, standards and assessments. Links to related sites.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) aligns IDEA with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), helping to ensure equity, accountability and excellence in education for children with disabilities. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has developed 19 topic briefs related to high-interest areas of IDEA 2004, including all relevant statutory language around that topic, the citations and cross-references to other, related briefs. http://idea.ed.gov/
- InformED is an Open Colleges blog, an international resource, that covers a variety of education topics, including teaching approaches that are specific to students with Down Syndrome but also can have application in the general education classroom.
- Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) Web site providing information to parents, family members, caregivers, friends, educators, and medical professionals and access to online communities, recent news articles, information, resources, etc. http://www.irsc.org
- LD Resources This site has been providing resources for people with learning disabilities since 1995.
- Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments This booklet, published by the US Department of Education, includes a section on accessing grade level content for students wth disabilities. http://www.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/learning/index.html
- Leadership Conference Education Fund (LCEF) Nonprofit public education and research organization. http://www.civilrights.org/publications/1996_telecommunications/lcef.html
- Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes is an organization dedicated to helping children and adults learn to their potential. Our research-validated instructional programs strengthen reading, comprehension, and math skills by developing the sensory-cognitive functions that form the foundation of learning http://lindamoodbell.com
- Math and Reading Help Math and Reading Help for Kids is a directory of hundreds of original articles, tips, and resources centered on the topic of children’s learning. Although the articles in this site are primarily written to help parents make informed decisions about their child’s education, there is also a comprehensive Just for Kids section containing dozens of articles written for a younger audience.
- National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE) A national association that is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with children in special education by giving them numerous resources within the field of special education. By having an association that they can truly call their own, parents with children in special education now have an association that is completely devoted to their needs. NAPCSE advances and strengthens its community through networking, research, publications, and membership benefits. http://www.napcse.org
- National Association of School Psychologists Reports, journal articles, etc. related to IDEA and other educational issues, as well as advocacy information. http://www.nasponline.org/
- National Institute for Urban School Improvement Extensive library of resources, research, publications and online sites related to inclusive education. http://www.inclusiveschools.org
- Office of Special Education Programs Information related to IDEA and its interpretation and implementation. Site offers policy information, research and statistics. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html?src=mr
- On to JSU students will experience an individualized, person-centered program based on their individual interests and specific needs. Each student will participate in courses with traditional university students in order to build both social and academic skills. Students will work towards a certification in either Business Basics or Food Service through coursework and internship opportunities beginning as early as their second semester in the program. Certificate options for each On To JSU participant will be planned from existing JSU curriculum using a person- centered approach. In order to achieve the highest level of success for each student, the On To JSU Program Manager will meet individually with each student with ID to determine particular needs and preferences from among the offered courses each semester. The certificate programs are designed to be completed in a two year term of fall-spring; fall-spring semesters. A total of equivalency of 24 credit/noncredit hours will be planned over the four semesters of participation in On to JSU. The overall goal of On to JSU is to provide opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities with the needed skills; both socially and career-related that they traditionally have not been able to experience in this region of Alabama. Participants in On to JSU will have the opportunity to live on campus and participate in a variety of on and off campus social activities. Special education collaborative teacher candidates will also work closely with On to JSU students as campus based peers, which will be mutually beneficial to both parties. Traditional student peers from other academic disciplines will be recruited to build a vital support network on campus so that students with ID will have scaffolded support at each point in the process. On To JSU will offer students with ID the opportunity to cultivate academic enrichment, social, and vocational skills while living on campus and participating in social activities, sporting events, and typical college life. Jacksonville State University 700 PELHAM RD. NORTH JACKSONVILLE, AL 36265 Program Contact: Karen Carr, firstname.lastname@example.org 256-782-5095
- Parent Technical Assistance Center Parent centers help families obtain appropriate educational services for their children, provide training and information on a variety of topics, and connect children with disabilities with community resources. http://www.parentcenternetwork.org/
- PASSAGE USA is a post-secondary educational (PSE) experience for students with ID that helps each student achieve his/her goals. This two-year certificate program is based on individualized Adult Education Plans developed through person-centered planning. 251-460-7558 email@example.com http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/passage/
- SchwabLearning.org Free information, resources, publications and support to children who struggle with learning and their parents. Funded by the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation.
- Sensory Integration Resource Center Current information resources and resources related to sensory integration issues. http://www.sinetwork.org/
- Special Education News Round-up of recent articles related to special education. Organized by interest. http://www.specialednews.com/
- Special Education Resources on the Internet A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to special education. http://seriweb.com/
- SpecialEducationGuide.com provides helpful information to both parents of children with disabilities and teachers about the early intervention process, how to establish a parent-teacher partnership, and collaborating on an IEP. http://specialeducationguide.com
- TASH Resources about Inclusive Education Eight common myths about inclusive education and how to dispel them and FAQs about inclusive education are available at the TASH website.
- The Horizon school The Horizons School is a non-degree, transition program that prepares young adults (ages 18 to 26) with specific learning disabilities for an independent life. The two-year core program teaches personal, social, career independence and offers community-based extracurricular learning activities. Following the two year program, students have the option to attend our Community Transition Program where each student lives in the Birmingham, Al, area and works while retaining program support. The Horizons School 2018 15th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205 Phone: 205.322.6606 or 800.822.6242 FAX: 205.322.6605 Web: http://www.horizonsschool.org/For more information about The Horizons School, please contact: Marie McElheny, Assistant Director, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Dawn White, Student Recruiter, mailto:email@example.com.
- The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school; career opportunities for recent graduates; and meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. Types of Programs: The Pathways Programs at HHS, include the following three programs: The Internship Program, The HHS Recent Graduates Program, Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. https://www.hhs.gov/about/careers/pathways/index.html
- The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is a 14-week parent-assisted social skills intervention for motivated teens with Autism Spectrum. Contact Sarah O’Kelley, Ph.D. at 205-975-5781 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be added to a mailing list for PEERS intervention groups.
- The Youth Pathways to Postsecondary and Employment site brings together five different National Youth-Focused Training and Technical Assistance Centers, funded by the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as well as the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). These five centers are working together to provide technical assistance and training to state/local agencies and programs to build successful pathways to postsecondary and employment opportunities for youth and students with disabilities. The purpose of this website is to serve as a cross boundary Community of Practice for professionals who share a passion and a vision for building pathways for students and youth with disabilities to postsecondary education and employment. https://pathways.grads360.org/#program?utm_source=February+2017+Intersection&utm_campaign=February+2017+Intersection&utm_medium=email
- Think Collegeis a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. thinkcollege.net ThinkCollegeTA@gmail.com
- Transition University is a project designed to cultivate relationships between high school students with intellectual and severe disabilities and JSU Special Education Collaborative Teacher Candidates. Transition University meets on the JSU Campus during Fall and Spring semesters. You may see the Transition University faculty, teacher candidates, and high school students riding on the Gamecock Express, taking a nature walk on campus, or eating in the Jack Hopper Dining Hall. Typical Transition University activities include: Pairing SPE Teacher Candidates with high school students with intellectual and severe disabilities Instructional opportunities that focus on social skills, navigating campus transportation, social time in the Jack Hopper Dining Hall, tours of JSU departments, and trips to local businesses. As a result of their work with Transition University, Dr. Cynthia Connor and Mrs. Lynetta Owens won the Cleo and Carla Thomas Service Award in 2015. Gifts to JSU Foundation support TU along with C & I, SOE Dean’s office, and JSU student groups. Cynthia Connor email@example.com, 256-782-8058; Lynetta Owens firstname.lastname@example.org, 256-782-5086
- State Department of Education: Crystal Richardson, Coordinator Special Education Services P.O. Box 302101 Montgomery, AL 36130-2101 334-242-8114; 800-392-8020 (in AL only) Email: email@example.com Web: alsde.edu/
- U.S. Department of Education Access to comprehensive information on education and educational policy in the United States, including special education. http://www.ed.gov
- We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com
- Whole Schooling Consortium The Whole Schooling Consortium is an international network of schools, teachers, parents, administrators, university faculty and community members whose purpose is to promote excellence and equity in schools throughout the world to build inclusive and democratic societies. http://www.wholeschooling.net
- Wrightslaw Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. wrightslaw.com