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Planning Your Next Steps

Associates Degrees & Certifications​

Certificates: A Fast Track to Careers
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Certification Finder from the US Department of Labor

Digital Certifications

College Research

The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences – 15th Edition from The Princeton Review

The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center (DHRC) University Disability Inclusion Dashboard.

The dashboard ranks universities granting undergraduate degrees on accessibility and inclusion criteria relevant to students with disabilities.  This dashboard ranks the top 25 U.S. universities based on total funding received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during fiscal year 2020. 

Beacon College Disability Match Fact Sheet

Dean College Arch Learning Community Overview

Career Research

Apprenticeship.gov

Apprenticeship.gov is the one-stop source to connect career seekers, employers, and education partners with apprenticeship resources. Discover apprenticeships across industries, how programs are started by employers, and how to become an apprentice.

Occupation Outlook Handbook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Path Decide

Trades Career Pathways from Kasey Johnson, Building Futures RI (PDF)

NASCTF Training for a Career in Carpentry  (video)

Krystal Green | Carpenters Local 326  (video)

Ziven Drake | Piledrivers Local 56 (vide0)

Making it Real: PERI SKYDECK Training with the Carpenters union (video)

Advocacy and Support Organizations​

Assoc. on Higher Ed and Disability

AHEAD is a professional membership association for individuals committed to equity for persons with disabilities in higher education. It works to strengthen the professionalism, knowledge and expertise of personnel working with postsecondary students.

HBCU Disability Consortium

The consortium is comprised of a group of colleagues working in disability services at HBCUs and PBCUs that identify ways to provide culturally responsive disability services and classroom instruction to Black college students with disabilities on U.S. campuses.

LDA-America

LDA is the voice for individuals with learning disabilities of all ages and their families, providing support, opportunities and resources to individuals with learning disabilities, their families, educators and other professionals who serve the learning disability community.

LDA State Affiliates
LDA Position Papers
LDA’s January 26th Pre-Conference
LDA Annual Conference Program

Lime Connect

Lime Connect represents the largest network of high-potential university students and professionals – including veterans – who happen to have disabilities in the world. Explore these links to learn more about Lime Connect’s support for people with disabilities.

Website
Create a Lime Network Profile
Scholarships
Virtual Information Sessions
The Lime Connect Fellowship Program
Disability Education & Resources
Campus Flyer (pdf)

NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

Visit the NAMI website to find a chapter near you.

NCLD

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)  is working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. NCLD works to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues — by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

NCCSD

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) is the only federally-funded national center in the U.S. for college and graduate students with any type of disability, chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness.

Finances Resources

Financial Education

Financial Wellness Toolkit:

A 10-Minute Training Toolkit from the National Disability Institute that can help you plan your personal finances.

Credit

Learn personal finance skills right on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Visit the TD Bank Learning Center and register to get started.

TD Bank Credit Awareness Handout (pdf)

TD Bank Customer Advocacy

Consumer Finance and Credit Cards

Credit Reports 

Additional Credit Report Information

Financial Planning

ABLE accounts

The ABLE Act allows people with disabilities to create tax-advantaged savings accounts called ABLE accounts. ABLE accounts can be used for qualified disability-related expenses, such as education, housing and transportation. Most importantly, ABLE accounts allow people with disabilities to save money without losing their eligibility for federally funded benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Moody Street Group Toolkit

Moody Street Group Planning tools

For Educators and Advocates

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Disabled in Higher Ed An article featuring one of our panelists, Syreeta Nolan

Supports

Media

Think Inclusive Podcast

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Additional Resources

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Have a resource you’d like us to know about or share? Send us your suggestions at info@differentchoices.org. Thanks!

Did you miss our October 2021 Series?

Videos of some of the October 2021 sessions are available on YouTube.

Presentation Slides

Designing Your Own Path to the Future from Alexander Morris-Wood, Director of Admission, Beacon College (PDF)

Get Started Powering A Career
from Alex Tsonas, Seaport Academy (PDF)

2021 Presenting Partners