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ACCES-VR: Transition and Youth Services
By working closely with school districts, the P-12 Office of Special Education and community providers, ACCES-VR helps to ensure that all youth with disabilities are prepared for employment, post-secondary education and community living when they leave school. ACCES-VR can provide a range of services to help eligible individuals reach an employment goal.
Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide accessible versions of instructional materials to students who are blind or otherwise unable to use printed materials. Students with disabilities should receive materials in accessible formats at the same time as their peers receive their textbooks. This New York State Education Department website provides a descriptions and links for further information regarding this
Families Together in NYS, Inc.
Families Together is a non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish a unified voice for children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges. Their mission is to ensure that every family has access to needed information, support, and services. Families Together in NYS, Inc. is the state chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.
Guideposts for Success: What all youth need to successfully transition into adulthood
Based on an extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices covering a wide range of programs and services, including youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs
Impact: Feature Issue on the Justice System and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities
Individuals with IDD can face unique challenges, sometimes with potentially serious consequences, when involved with the juvenile or criminal justice systems. Community encounters with law enforcement, courtrooms, detention centers, or prisons can be especially challenging when individuals may be have difficulty answering questions, explaining what happened, or understanding and following directions. Behaviors of individuals with IDD may be misinterpreted by justice professionals as intent to harm others, an admission of guilt, or defiance when the person is actually expressing fear, distress, or lack of understanding. This issue of Impact offers justice professionals, people with disabilities and their families, and other disability professionals with leading-edge articles that help communities work together to address these challenges and support equal access to justice for all.
Job Application Center
A free online resource for helping students and graduates find specific information and advice on how to apply online and offline to every major national company in America. Students coming to our site can search a database of over 1500 articles each tailored to a specific company of your field.
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
Learn the basics of accessible materials and technologies, register for and view webinars and presentations from our AEM Events, and discover AEM Publications to dive deeper into AEM.
New York State Special Education Parent Centers
The parent centers offer a wide range of services including: outreach to parents of children with special needs with particular emphasis on minority and underserved families, immigrant families, foster parents, families living in homeless shelters and others as needed; seminars and training sessions for parents on such topics as due process, communicating with school district personnel, and negotiating the special education system; training programs for parents on becoming confident, effective advocates on behalf of themselves, their children and other parents; support groups for mothers, fathers and siblings of children with disabilities.
New York State Transition Partners
Information and resources for young adults with disabilities and their families on the road to adulthood in New York State. Practical strategies to help achieve financial stability, meaningful employment, and post-secondary education
Parent to Parent of New York State
Parent to Parent is a statewide organization for supporting families of individuals with special needs. They believe in the power of parents helping each other learn about their child
Scholarship Search Platforms
Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce these growing costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches. This guide was created to review the best scholarship search platforms and instruct students on how to use them effectively to find as many opportunities as possible.
Sprint Character Education Grant Program
The Sprint Character Education Grant Program accepts applications for funding of character education programs promoting leadership, youth volunteerism, character education and school pride. Grants will fund the purchase of resource materials, supplies, teacher training and equipment that facilitates character education for K-12 students.