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Online Resources for Students

If you have specific questions regarding your disability or are interested in finding out more about disability related issues then the following links will connect you to a wide variety of internet resources including: the top five most useful web-sites for students with disabilities, general information for students with disabilities, information on specific disabilities, requesting accommodations for graduate and professional exams, adaptive technology, as well as legal rights and responsibilities. Given the dynamic nature of the internet, this is by no means a complete list of the resources available to you on the web. However, these resources have been selected based on the quality and variety of information they provide. We hope that they will get you started in the right direction.

This list has been compiled with the help of DO-IT www.washington.edu/doit, a grant funded project at the University of Washington, dedicated to increasing the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers, such as the sciences, technology, and engineering, and The Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) www.ahead.org, a National Professional Organization focusing on issues concerning disabilities in postsecondary education.

Top Five | Assistive Technology | Resources - Specific Disabilities | Certification & Testing | General Resources | Know Your Rights

Top Five

These web sites make up our top five most useful web sites for students with disabilities.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
Home Page: www.washington.edu/doit
Student Lounge: www.washington.edu/doit/Resources/college_prep.html
The DO-IT program is a grant funded project connected with the University of Washington which promotes the success of students with disabilities in the classroom and in the work world. DO-IT programs include outreach programs to assist high school students with disabilities with the transition from high school to college, programs geared toward students with disabilities transferring from a two-year to a four-year college, volunteer and mentoring programs, and career services for students with disabilities. DO-IT also provides information on assistive technology and other resources.

DO-IT Article
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/articles?161
A helpful article that provides an overall picture of the various graduate and professional tests including the process for requesting accommodations for each test.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/index.htm
DVR is a statewide resource which provides assistance to individuals with disabilities in getting and keeping a job. DVR is a state and federally-sponsored program. DVR works in partnership with the community and businesses to develop employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Also training through education and/or technology may be funded based on DVR requirements.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html?src=oc
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights helps students with disabilities, as well as other student populations facing discrimination, gain equal access to educational opportunities through the enforcement of Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based of race, age, national origin, sex, or disability. This web site contains information on prevention, procedures for filing a complaint, as well as links to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
www.ahead.org
This site contains information and resources on disability and higher education for college and university students as well as administrators and faculty.

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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology refers to a large variety of technology such as software, computers, CDs, telecommunications equipment and, other devices that allow students with disabilities to access information in an alternative format. This technology often acts as a powerful tool enabling students with disabilities to live independently and achieve their goals. Listed below are links to online resources that provide information on various types of assistive technology.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Closing the Gap
http://www.closingthegap.com/index.lasso
Closing the Gap serves as a clearing house for articles, forums, and workshops that promote the use of assistive technology.

Washington Assistive Technology Foundation (WAFT)
www.waft.org
WAFT is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities achieve independence through the use of technology.

WebABLE
www.webable.com
WebABLE is a web site geared toward disability-related internet resources. WebABLE's goal is to stimulate education, research, and development of technologies that will ensure accessibility for people with disabilities to advance information systems and emerging technologies.

Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM)
www.webaim.org
WebAIM seeks to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people; in particular to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities who currently may have a difficult time getting access to online learning opportunities. WebAIM also serves as a knowledge base for materials regarding web accessibility that help raise awareness and assist education institutions in identifying and solving web accessibility problems.

AVAILABLE SOFTWARE

Dragon Naturally Speaking
http://www.scansoft.com/naturallyspeaking/
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition software. This software translates spoken language into printed text.

Freedom Scientific
http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software.asp
Freedom Scientific creates adaptive technology that opens doors for individuals with vision impairments and learning disabilities.

JAWS® for Windows
provides speech technology that works with the Windows operating system to access popular software applications and the Internet.

Connect Outloud
is an easy-to-use tool offering Braille and speech output to the web and gives the user the ability to send and receive e-mail.

MAGic
helps those with low vision view information on their computer screen with magnification up to 16 times, while hearing it through their speech synthesizer.

OpenBook
was developed for individuals to read, edit and manage printed media by scanning it and converting it to digital information. It includes speech as well as the ability to customize

WYNN
Converts printed text into speech. WYNN™ is literacy software tool designed to enhance success for individuals with reading challenges and writing difficulties.

Kurzweil
http://www.kurzweiledu.com/
Kurzweil is a reading program for people with learning difficulties and those who are blind or visually impaired. This technology allows computers to read printed text using a synthesized computerized voice.

ReadPlease
www.readplease.com
ReadPlease is a text to speech software that lets your computer read printed materials including e-text as well as web-based material. There are two versions of ReadPlease. One is available to download off the website for free, the other has added features and is available to download off the website for a fee.

ZoomText
http://www.synapseadaptive.com/aisquared/new/
zoomtext_magnifier_screen_reader.htm
ZoomText offers a wide variety of software and hardware geared toward individuals with visual impairments. This technology magnifies and enhances printed text and also serves as a screen reader.

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Resources - Specific Disabilities

These sites provide detailed information, resources and references geared toward individuals with specific disabilities.

ADHD

The ADD Action Group
http://www.addgroup.org/
Resources for individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and Autism.

ADD Resources
www.addresources.org
This website is aimed at helping individuals with ADD/HD achieve their full potential. This educational website provides both basic information, such as understanding an ADD/HD diagnosis, as well as advanced strategies for improved function and professional referrals.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (C.H.A.D.D.)
http://www.chadd.org/
A national organization providing science-based information, research, and support for people with ADD/HD.

BLIND/ VISUALY IMPAIRED

Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted (CSBPS)
www.csbps.com
This agency works with blind and partially sighted individuals to improve independence and quality of life. Services include, counseling, travel and home management skills, an assistive technology center, educational information, and referrals

Sight Connection (CSBPS Store)
www.sightconnection.com
This website specializes in hard to find technology for blind and partially sighted students as well as learning disabled students. Hard to find technology includes walkmans adapted to accommodate both 2 and 4 track tapes.

Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind
www.seattlelighthouse.org
This private agency provides employment and training opportunities for the blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities.

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
www.dsb.wa.gov/
This government agency teams with blind and visually impaired individuals to gain independence through helping them meet their educational and career goals.

BRAIN INJURY

Brain Injury Association of Washington
www.biawa.org
Provides support to survivors of brain injuries and their families as well as prevention programs and advocacy opportunities.

DEAF/HEARING IMPAIRED

DeafWeb Washington
www.deafweb.org
This site lists community resources for the deaf and hard of hearing. Listed resources range from educational and vocational information to captioning and interpreting services.

Hearing Speech and Deafness Center (HSDC)
www.hsdc.org
The Hearing Speech and Deafness Center (HSDC) provides people with hearing impairments with a variety of services including, adaptive equipment, skilled clinicians, educators, therapists, and specialists.

LEARNING DISABILITIES

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
http://www.ldanatl.org/
The Learning Disability Association web site provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on specific learning disabilities as well as resources and practical solutions.

LDOnline
www.ldonline.org
LDOnline provides a variety of resources and information on learning disabilities. This web site also contains articles and advice from a wide range of experts in the field of learning disabilities and disability rights.

Learning Disabilities Association of Washington
www.ldawa.org
This site provides members with information on the latest research on learning disabilities (LDs) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), practical advice for parents, legal updates on educational rights of students, key workplace strategy and accommodation tips, national news on LDs and ADD, access to an information and referral line, and discounts on conferences and workshops

PSYCHOLOGICAL

American Psychiatric Association
http://www.psych.org/
This is a resource for individuals seeking knowledge and additional information on psychiatric mental health concerns. This site focuses on providing educational materials to the public and serving as an educational and research network for professionals in the psychiatric field. There is also an Advocacy Action Center , Grassroots Network, and Political Action Committee which keep abreast of current legislative and legal issues concerning psychiatry and mental health.

American Psychological Association
http://www.apa.org/
Provides current information and useful links on a number of psychological and mental health related topics.

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Certification and Testing

These links connect to information regarding registration and requesting accommodations for professional and graduate exams.

DO-IT Article
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/articles?161
A helpful article that provides an overall picture of the various graduate and professional tests.

Educational Testing Services (ETS)
http://www.ets.org/disability/index.html
Detailed information on requesting accommodations based on documented physical, psychological, or learning disabilities for ETS tests: GMAT, GRE, and Praxis.

Information regarding accommodations for specific tests is listed below:

Dental Admissions Testing (DAT)
http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dat/special.asp

WEST-B
http://www.west.nesinc.com/WA3_viewRB_opener.htm

Praxis (WEST-E)
http://www.ets.org/praxis/prxdsabl.html

MCAT
http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/about/ada2003.pdf

GRE
http://www.gre.org/disatest.html

GMAT
http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT/RegisterfortheGMAT/
GMATAppointments/TestTakerswithDisabilities.htm

LSAT
http://www.lsat.org/LSAC.asp?url=lsac/accommodated-testing.asp

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General Resources

Listed below are links to sites that provide general information for students with disabilities such as e-text, books on tape, discussion lists, as well as many other important resources.

GENERAL RESOURCES

Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
www.ahead.org
This site contains information and resources on disability and higher education for college and university students as well as administrators and faculty.

Barrier Free Education
http://barrier-free.arch.gatech.edu
Barrier Free Education is a resource site helping students with disabilities gain access to math and science education.

Disability Resources
www.disabilityresources.org
A list of resources and information aimed at helping individuals with disabilities gain independence and achieve their goals.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
Home Page: www.washington.edu/doit
Student Lounge: www.washington.edu/doit/Resources/college_prep.html
The DO-IT program is a grant funded project connected with the University of Washington which promotes the success of students with disabilities in the classroom and in the work world. DO-IT programs include outreach programs to assist high school students with disabilities with the transition from high school to college, programs geared toward students with disabilities transferring from a two-year to a four-year college, volunteer and mentoring programs, and career services for students with disabilities. DO-IT also provides information on assistive technology and other resources.

Online Learning for Students With Disabilities
http://www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/online-college-learning-for-students-with-disabilities/

Where to Turn
www.crisisclinic.org
An invaluable resource for individuals seeking referrals for healthcare, counseling, employment agencies, housing, and many other types of community and social services available in King County.

WorkSource
www.go2worksource.com
WorkSource serves specialized populations, such as individuals with disabilities, with job search strategies. They provided online services such as a resume bank, employer information, and other essential tools needed to successfully conduct a job search.

E-TEXT AND BOOKS ON TAPE

Bookshare.org
www.bookshare.org
Paid membership includes access to a large collection of books and other printed material in both electronic and Braille formats.

Project Guttenberg
http://www.gutenberg.net/
Project Guttenberg has an extensive collection of out-of-copyright books such as Plato, Aristotle, Dickens, and Shakespeare available for free in E-Text format.

Reading For the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD)
www.rfbd.org
RFBD has a library of over 98,000 audio books. Paid membership is available for any student with a documented disability which makes reading printed matter difficult or impossible.

Washington Talking Book and Braille Library
www.spl.org/wtbbl/wtbbl.html
Offered through the Seattle Public Library, The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library maintains a large collection of books and magazines in audio, Braille, and large print formats are available to Washington residents with visual or other types of disabilities which make it difficult or impossible to read printed material. Four track tape recorders may also be checked out through this service.

DISUSSION LISTS

College On-Line Disability Awareness Community
http://listserv.kent.edu/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=coldac&A=1
This list serves as a discussion forum about the rights, social interaction, and quality of life for people with disabilities. In particular, this forum is intended for college students with disabilities and service providers to share their trials and tribulations in academic success, attendant care, inclusion into social events, and a whole lot more.

Transition to College Discussion List
http://lists.topica.com/lists/transitions/
This discussion list deals with issues, questions, and advice concerning the transition from high school to college.

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Know Your Rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as Washington State statutes prohibiting discrimination based on disability, outline the rights and responsibilities relating to accommodation for persons with disabilities both inside and outside the classroom. Listed below are helpful and informative links to the ADA , Section 504 and the Washington State codes.

Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page ( U.S. Department of Justice)
www.ada.gov
This web site provides in depth information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Client Assistance Program – Seattle Office (CAP)
www.dsb.wa.gov/jsclient%20assistance%20program.htm
Gives address and phone numbers for CAP services. CAP is an independent program designed to help people understand and receive assistance through Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DisabilityInfo.gov
http://www.disabilityinfo.gov
This is a directory of government web links geared towards people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members. This site provides information on a number of relevant subjects such as employment, education, technology, health, independent living, and civil rights.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/index.htm
DVR is a statewide resource which provides assistance to individuals with disabilities in getting and keeping a job. DVR is a state and federally-sponsored program. DVR works in partnership with the community and businesses to develop employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Also training through education and/or technology may be funded based on DVR requirements.

OCR Brochure: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know your rights and responsibilities.
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
This article, prepared by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, outlines rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in postsecondary institutions.

Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Department of Labor)
http://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/sec504.htm
This web page outlines the main points and defines key terms referenced in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Department of Health and Human Services)
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/504.html
This article shows how the nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency. It provides the example of Section 504 regulations applied to Health and Human Services organizations (e.g., hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, and other human service programs).

U.S. Department of Education
http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml?src=a
The U.S. Department of Education web-site contains detailed information on all aspects of education, including information on financial aid, preparing for college, legal issues, as well as current research and statistics.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html?src=oc
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights helps students with disabilities, as well as other student populations facing discrimination, gain equal access to educational opportunities through the enforcement of Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, age, national origin, sex, or disability. This web site contains information on prevention, procedures for filing a complaint, as well as links to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Washington State Administrative Codes
http://www.leg.wa.gov/wac/
This site provides information concerning Washington State guidelines and statutes regarding the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities.

Washington State Human Rights Commission
http://www.hum.wa.gov/generalInfo/links.htm
The Washington State Human Rights Commission works in partnership with numerous organizations at the federal, state, and local level. Many of these organizations may be able to provide you with assistance and information. This site is an excellent resource for information regarding state statutes governing discrimination based on disability, race, ethnicity, religion, or sex. This web site also provides more specific information on fair housing and equal opportunity employment in the State of Washington.

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