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This guide was created in part by four experts in the field, who lent their expertise to help us provide students with visual impairments the tips and resources needed to succeed in school.  Key updates to our guide include an extended list of tips for choosing the right college, an in-depth look at the top assistive technology and tools being used today, and additional scholarships available for students with visual impairments. 

Students with hearing disabilities face unique challenges inside the classroom. Many common learning modes that people take for granted — lectures, discussion groups and even one-on-one conversations — can be a struggle for those who have any level of hearing difficulty. However, that doesn’t mean a college degree is out of reach. Today’s wide range of tools, devices, and systems can help students with hearing impairments thrive in an educational setting. This guide focuses on those resources, tech tools and expert tips that students of all ages — and all impairment levels – can use achieve academic success.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

(Formerly the American Association on Mental Retardation) The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is the professional association run by and for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind is dedicated to addressing the critical issues of literacy, independent living, employment, and access through technology for the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

American Society for Deaf Children

ASDC is a national, independent non-profit organization whose purpose is providing support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services, and research.

Autism.Answers.com

Autism Answers' mission is to create solutions to the challenges facing children on the autism spectrum and their families through raising the awareness of autism, strengthing children and parental rights, finding global education and medical solutions, and increasing "Diversity & Inclusion" for children and families that are disadvantaged socially and economically. 

Autism Society of America (ASA)

Autism Society of America is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The Society and its chapters share a common mission of providing information and education, and supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law works on a broad array of children's mental health issues. For three decades, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has been the nation's leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. The mission of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Cerebral Palsy Group

We provide free information and support for those who have been affected by cerebral palsy. This site provides great options for the online community to find all available options available to them such as financial, mental, social, and physical support!

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance. We cover cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information, such as communication and transitioning to adulthood articles. Our information is provided by expert writers and is thoroughly researched and cited.

Cerebral Palsy Guide

You and your child are not alone in the fight against cerebral palsy. Get connected with emotional, medical and financial help. Give your child the best life possible. Let us help you find medical options, emotional support and financial assistance through legal claims. Learn more about what’s available to you and get the support you need.

Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Raising and caring for a child with cerebral palsy takes patience and understanding. Here are some tips that can make you a successful caregiver.
There is no one-size-fits-all piece of advice on how to raise children with cerebral palsy. Parents and caregivers of children with CP can expect to take on numerous, unique responsibilities that may last for a child’s lifetime. Raising a disabled child takes time, effort, empathy, and patience.

Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD provides education, advocacy, and support for individuals with ADHD. CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. CHADD is a national non-profit, tax-exempt [Section 501(c)(3)] organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. 

CHARGE

The mission of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation is to provide support to individuals with CHARGE syndrome and their families; to gather, develop, maintain and distribute information about CHARGE syndrome; and to promote awareness and research regarding its identification, cause, and management. CHARGE syndrome is a recognizable (genetic) pattern of birth defects which occurs in about one in every 9-10,000 births worldwide. It is an extremely complex syndrome, involving extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child.  The combination of features often leads to significant educational challenges, both for the children and for the professionals whose task it is to help these children.

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)

A non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory-motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs.

International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, and the communities that support them. IDA is the oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation -- founded in 1949.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world.  The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected by learning disabilities.  The state and local affiliates, through their affiliation with the national LDA, work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them.

(The) LD OnLine Report

LD OnLine offers online services and produces video programs dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD. LD OnLine.org is the leading information service in the field of learning disabilities, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.

National Alliance on Mental Illness-Indiana

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.  NAMI Indiana is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those persons who are affected by mental illness.

National Association for Down Syndrome

The National Association for Down Syndrome provides critical counseling and support for parents of newly diagnosed infants with Down syndrome as well as advocacy, referral and information services. In addition, NADS sponsors conferences and educational programs for parents and professionals and conducts in-services for medical personnel and educators. Through a partnership with the Adult Down Syndrome Center NADS delivers health, psychosocial services, and therapeutic programs to teens and adults with Down syndrome.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities Transition Resources

The National Center for Disabilities has a section of their website dedicated to transition issues. The page includes presentations, articles, checklists, research and other resources to help students with learning disabilities transition from high school to college or employment.

National Down Syndrome Congress

Founded in 1973, NDSC strives to provide information, advocacy, and public awareness in order to promote the interests of individuals with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Congress is dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down Syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through national leadership in education, research and advocacy.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. To fulfill its mission, the Institute communicates information to scientists, the public, the news media, and primary care and mental health professionals about mental illnesses, the brain, behavior, mental health, and opportunities and advances in research in these areas.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN)

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis patients. We want RA patients to know their options and fully understand their diagnosis.

Sleep Help for Those Diagnosed With ASD (The Sleep Help Institute)

SleepHelp.org is an independently-owned and operated, unbiased sleep resource dedicated to bettering your waking life by improving your sleep problems. Our team of sleep experts makes sense of the common issues affecting your sleep.

United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is an advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

The U.S. Autism Association

U.S. Autism Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for Autism education, support, and solutions. Their mission is to provide the opportunity for everyone living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related disorders to achieve their fullest potential, by enriching the ASD community with education, training, accessible resources, and partnerships with local and national projects.