Title: Check & Connect
Description: The Check & Connect model uses mentors to promote students' engagement with school, reduce dropout, and increase school completion. The Check & Connect Web site offers information regarding the Check & Connect model, current projects and initiatives, related publications, upcoming presentations and workshops, and staff.
The Check & Connect Web site contains information directed towards educators, researchers, administrators, and others interested in helping youth remain engaged in school and on track to graduate.

Title: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Description: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs' (OSEP's) IDEA Web site provides information related to The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Individualized Education Programs (IEP's).

Title: National Center on Educational Outcomes
Description: The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements. The NCEO Web site provides links to publications related to educational outcomes and contains a link to the NCEO Data Viewer, which lets you view information related to students with disabilities and create individualized reports based on criteria that you can choose.

Title: NCLB and IDEA: What Parents of Students with Disabilities Need to Know and Do
Description: The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are two of the nation's most important federal laws relating to the education of children. While NCLB seeks to improve the education of all children - with an emphasis on children from low-income families - IDEA focuses on the individual child and seeks to ensure specialized services for children with disabilities so that they may benefit from education. This document describes the NCLB and IDEA and gives an overview of information that students with disabilities and their parents should know about the NCLB and IDEA.

Title: Student's Guide to the IEP
Description: This document provides information a student needs to know to be part of their Individual Education Program team.

Title: Preparing for College
Description: This article, written by Liz Getzel and available on the National Center for Learning Disabilities Web site, discusses what high school students with disabilities need to know about preparing for college, including specific activities for academic preparation, tips on exploring college environments, and questions to ask regarding campus services and supports.
Source: EST

Description: The Web site provides information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities for youth with intellectual disabilities considering college. The Web site is divided into sections for students, family members, and professionals and features a searchable database of postsecondary education programs that support youth with intellectual disabilities, a discussion board designed by students - for students who are interested in sharing college experiences, the "Choice for Everyone" Listserv hosted by the Institute for Community Inclusion, and a resource section.
Source: EST

Title: Going to College
Description: This new Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for high school students. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.
Source: ADD

Title: NYLN Teleconference on Education
Description: A National Teleconference and Webcast presented by the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) was given on April 14, 2009. Please click on the above link to access the archived Webcast and transcript.

• Independent Living: Links to life after high school, post-secondary and beyond!
• Transition: Links between school and career goals!
• Education for all: Individuals with cognitive disabilities succeeding in post-secondary education!
• Guest speaker: Micah Fialka-Feldman, Disability Rights Advocate
• Guest Speaker: Jeff Moyer, Public speaker and Human Rights Advocate
Source: NYLN

Title: Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options
Description: This InfoBrief, Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities: What Families and Advocates Need to Know, was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Y). It explores the importance of making informed decisions about diploma options, understanding the consequences of graduating with different types of diplomas as well as the need for youth, families, and Individual Education Program (IEP) teams to consider these issues early.
Source: NCLD/Youth

Title: Student Loan Income-Based Repayment Program
Description: On July 1, a major new student loan repayment option, Income-Based Repayment, will become available for the first time, providing much-needed financial relief for hundreds of thousands of federal student loan borrowers. There is also good news for students still in college, including more money for Pell Grants and lower interest rates for some student loans.

Income-Based Repayment (IBR) caps monthly loan payments based on income and family size, and forgives any debt and interest remaining after 25 years of payments.

Click on the above link for more information about IBR – including a calculator to estimate eligibility and payments, and a short animated video ("Ditch Your Debt Gremlin") explaining the program.
Source: EST

Title: Community Colleges Creating Career Services for Students with Disabilities
Description: The National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth and the Workforce Strategy Center have published a report examining ways in which community colleges can better serve students with disabilities and improve their effectiveness as an intermediary between education and the workforce. The report provides key suggestions to colleges, such as expanding services beyond the classroom, identifying and engaging students earlier, and using data to improve performance. The link between community colleges and the workforce is becoming increasingly important as enrollment soars in community colleges--broadly and specifically for students with disabilities.
Source: EST

Title: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Description: More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities postsecondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the postsecondary education experience without confusion or delay.

The information in this pamphlet, provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.
Source: EST

Title: Navigating Your IEP
Description: Florida Youth Council's publication, Navigating Your IEP, was created by youth, for youth. It offers friendly, peer to peer guidance for youth and emerging leaders that want to take more of a leadership role in the IEP process. The guide book includes information about the important pieces that each IEP should include, how youth can prepare to participate in their IEP meeting, and most importantly, why it is so essential for youth with disabilities to take control of planning their futures.
Source: Florida Youth Council

Title: Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies Online
Description: The University of Hawai'i at Mânoa (UHM) offers an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies. Students enrolled in the program examine ideas related to disability in all forms of cultural representations throughout history. They investigate the policies and practices of all societies to understand the social, rather than the physical or psychological, determinants of the experience of disability for the disabled individuals and their families.

Courses in the Certificate program will be offered through distance learning beginning in the fall semester 2009. The online courses will attract local, national and international students and provide a rich platform for scholarly and global thinking on disability and diversity issues. Courses will be offered through UHM and Outreach College. Non-residents are encouraged to register through Outreach College.
Source: My Voice, My Choice