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La Plata Campus
Glennis Daniels-Bacchus
Phone: 301-934-7614
Fax: 301-539-7696
GlennisD@csmd.edu


Leonardtown Campus
Megan Rabie
Phone: 240-725-5420
mrabie@csmd.edu


Prince Frederick Campus
Renata Zgorski
Phone: 443-550-6009
Fax: 443-550-6100
rzgorski@csmd.edu

There are lots of resources on the Web to help you in your college career. We at DSS have scoured the Internet looking for some of the best websites we could find, and collected them here for you. Have a look and see what you can learn!

In addition to the outside resources listed below, click below for more information about:

Legal and Government Resources

Office for Civil Rights
   FAQs about rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities from the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights

Americans with Disabilities Act
   Official website of the ADA with news, legal information, and other resources

Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
   Providing services regarding employment and post-high school transition for people with disabilities

Disability.gov
   Resources for all aspects of life for people with disabilities, including education, transportation, health, and more

Maryland Department of Disabilities
   Programs and resources for people with disabilities living in the state of Maryland

General Resources (News, scholarships, jobs, and more)

Ed.gov – The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education
   Articles and news regarding numerous topics about education

U.S. Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights - Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
   FAQs of rights and responsibilities of college students with disabilities

Myths and Misconceptions Regarding Higher Education and Accommodations
   Debunks common misconceptions about what accommodations mean for the student, what happens in and out of the classroom, and what is considered appropriate and inappropriate accommodation.

Protecting Students with Disabilities: FAQs about Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities
   FAQs about Section 504 and what it means for college students with disabilities

Department of Justice – Effective Communication
   Official overview of ADA regulations regarding interpreters, captioning, and other communication aids

Association on Higher Education and Disability
   Advocating for people with disabilities in higher education

HEATH Resource Center (Online Clearinghouse on post-secondary education for Individuals with Disabilities)
   Online publications for people with disabilities who are in college or considering college

Disability-Related Resources (Montgomery College)
   Web resources on a variety of disability-related topics, including national and Maryland organizations, college and university disability services websites, accessible technology resources, and more

Job Accommodation Network
   Free consulting services for employers and employees regarding accommodations on the job for individuals with disabilities

Famous People with Disabilities
   Information about famous people with disabilities, such as Stephen Hawking, Magic Johnson, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
   Information about transitioning from high school to college or the workplace for students with disabilities and their parents and teachers

ADA Library
   Articles explaining the ADA, its purpose, and procedures

Maryland Technology Assistance Program
   Resources for obtaining and learning about assistive technologies for Maryland residents

American Heart Association
   Information and resources about heart conditions and dealing with/preventing heart disease

Brain Dancing for Students
   Handbook on techniques for learning how to learn, including notetaking, reading, and memory

Epilepsy Foundation
   Information and resources about epilepsy

Hepatitis Foundation
   Information and resources about hepatitis

Mark Wellman’s website, No Limits
   Website of motivational speaker and adventurer who is paraplegic

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
   Information and resources about Parkinson's disease

National Library of Medicine “Pub Med” Search Engine
   Articles about biomedical research

National Organization of Rare Disorders
   Information and resources for individuals with rare disorders

Project Gutenberg
   Over 46,000 free e-books

Learning Ally
   Audiobooks available with membership

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Resources at CNS
   Information and resources about traumatic brain injury

Transition from High School to College

There are some significant differences between high school and college, in terms of the general environment and the laws regarding the education of people with disabilities. The following documents and websites explain some of these differences and how to deal with them.

Significant Differences Between High School and College
   Brief table of differences between high school and college

Helping Students with Disabilities Transition to College: 21 Tips for Students with LD and/or ADD/ADHD - Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
   Advice for students with learning disabilities in transition from high school to college

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for Educators - Ed.gov
   Article with information about transition

Academic Support and Tips for Students with Disabilities

CSM provides help preparing for all kinds of standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, and the college Placement Test. Visit the Student Success Center website for more details

How to Get the Most Out of College: A Peer Guide to Self-Advocacy and Transition for the College Student Who’s Hard of Hearing (PDF)
   Aimed at individuals who are hard of hearing but all of the information can apply to any student with a disability

College Resources for Students with Disabilities
   Briefly explains legal rights and legislation, choosing a college, and resources for students with different types of disabilities

Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities
   Goal setting, preparing for college, and what to expect once you start

University of Washington - Taking Charge: Stories of Success and Self-Determination
   Personal anecdotes about how to achieve in college and in life

University of Maryland University College – Planning Tips for Students with Disabilities
   Tips for planning before the semester, on the first day of class, and during and at the end of the semester

Harvard Accessible Education Office - The Transition to College: Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect

   Article about a personal experience of starting college with a learning disability

Blind/Visual Impairment

National Federation of the Blind
   Information about blindness and resources for the blind, including advocacy, youth and adult programs, scholarships, and state chapters

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
   Resources about blindness and programs for residents of the Washington area

Learning Ally
   Audiobooks and other resources, including recording services

Off to College: Tips for Students with Visual Impairments
   Tips and steps to take for students with visual impairments to successfully transition to college life

American Council for the Blind – A Guide to a Successful College Experience
   A series of essays on tips for successfully transitioning to college life for students with visual impairment

American Foundation of the Blind
   The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
   Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) is a private non-profit organization created to promote self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired

Blindness Resource Center
   Information about and resources for people with visual impairment

Foundation Fighting Blindness
   Information about and resources for people with visual impairment

Deaf/Hearing Impairment

Postsecondary Education Programs Network
   Online resources for people who are deaf and hard of hearing

How Students Can A.D.A.P.T. In Life
   Tips for students with hearing loss

Info Sheet on College Students Who Are Hard Of Hearing

Learning Disability

University of Washington – College Survival Skills: Tips for Students with Disabilities to Increase College Success
   Tips for success for students with disabilities

Tips for College Students with Learning Disabilities
   Information for students with learning disabilities

College Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD
   Resources for students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD

Learning Disability & ADHD Online
   Information about learning disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of America
   Information and resources about learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD

National Center for Learning Disabilities
   Information and resources about learning disabilities

ADD/ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder Association – Recommended Resources for College Students with ADHD
   Resources for students with ADHD/ADD

ADDvance – Information for Young Adults and College Students with ADD/ADHD
   Information and resources for students with ADD/ADHD

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
   The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives

College Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD
   Resources for students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD

Learning Disability & ADHD Online
   Information and resources about learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD

Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s

Asperger’s Fact Sheet
   Printable fact sheet about Asperger's

Autism Spectrum Fact Sheet
   Printable fact sheet about the Autism Spectrum

Autism Self-Advocacy Network – Navigating College: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy (PDF)
   Essays, information, resources, and tips for students on the autism spectrum

Indiana Resource Center for Autism – Academic Supports for College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview
  Summarizes the difficulties that students on the autism spectrum may have and some of the accommodations they may receive

Autism Transition Handbook
   Information for students on the autism spectrum on transitioning to college

Academic Supports for College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Summarizes the characteristics of students with autism spectrum disorder and possible accommodations

Physical Disability/Mobility

Mobility International USA – Preparations for Travel with a Physical Disability
   Information about traveling for individuals with a physical disability

New Mobility
   Resources for active people who use wheelchairs

Tips for International Travelers
   Tips for traveling abroad for individuals with a physical disability

Arthritis Foundation
   Resources for individuals with arthritis

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network
   Resources for individuals with a spinal cord injury

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Survivors
   Resources for individuals with a spinal cord or brain injury

PTSD, Anxiety, and Other Psychiatric Disorders

Anxiety and Depression Association of America – College Students
   Videos and resources for students with anxiety

Traumatic Exposure and PTSD in College Students
   Info on PTSD in college students and resources to find professional help

National Center for PTSD
   Info and resources for individuals with PTSD, specifically veterans

Gift from Within
   Info and resources for individuals with PTSD who have experienced all kinds of trauma

University of Washington –Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
   Info about psychiatric disabilities and accommodations for students

U.S. National Library of Medicine - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
   Information about PTSD, symptoms, and diagnosing

Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation – Fact Sheets
   Info about employment for individuals with severe mental illness

National Center for Secondary Education and Transition – Issue Brief: The Emergence of Psychiatric Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
   Strategies for higher education institutes for working with students with psychiatric disabilities

Active Minds
   Info and resources, including scholarships, for students with mental health issues of all kinds

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University
   Resources for individuals with mental health issues of all kinds

Psychology Today
   Resources for finding a therapist

Resources for Parents

Pacer Center – Off to College: Tips for Parents of Students with Visual Impairments
   Information aimed at parents of students with visual impairments, but most tips are applicable to students with disabilities in general

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition – Parent Brief: Promoting Effective Parent Involvement in Secondary Education and Transition
   Tips and resources for parents on helping their children with disabilities transition to college

Helping a College Student with an Anxiety Disorder
   What parents can do to help their son or daughter with anxiety

University of Texas Arlington Office for Students with Disabilities – Parent Information and Resources
   Tips for parents to help students transition to college, including the differences between high school and college