Disability Support Services

Resources for Individuals with ADD

ADD/ADHD Resources
http://www.addresources.org
This website is aimed at helping individuals with ADD/HD achieve their full potential. This educational website provides both basic information, such as understanding an ADD/HD diagnosis, as well as advanced strategies for improved function and professional referrals.

www.edgefoundation.org
This agency provides information on maximizing potential for students with ADHD, including arranging a coach to set structure, provide support, and help implement strategies for skill building. Contact the website for a free ADHD College Survuval Guide.

Requesting Accommodations for Professional and Graduate Exams
Accommodations may be available to individuals with documented disabilities who are taking certain graduate and professional exams.  These decisions are made by the testing board (not by the DSS office)and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.  Below are links to information on receiving accommodations for specific examinations.

Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind
www.seattlelighthouse.org/
This private agency provides employment and training opportunities for the blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities.

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
www.dsb.wa.gov/
This government agency teams with blind and visually impaired individuals to gain independence through helping them meet their educational and career goals.

Resources for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome

The National Autism Society (Great Britain)
www.actiononaccess.org
 This guide from Great Britain was created to explain Autism and Aspergers to university students. It provides a down-to-earth, practical, and ADULT-oriented description of the difficulties experienced by college students with diagnoses on the autism spectrum.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation
http://www.myasdf.org/site/
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has compiled a list of Asperger's Syndrome Resources by state.

O.A.S.I.S.
http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/
Online Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support.

Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Association of Late Deafened Adults
http://www.alda.org
"The mission of the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) is to support the empowerment of late deafened people.  Late Deafened Adults are people who have lost their hearing in any degree having acquired spoke language.  The doors to ALDA are wide open to anyone who is interested."

Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center
http://www.hsdc.org
HSDC strives to better connect you to the community through...
1. Advocacy
2. Outreach
3. Equipment
4. Resources and Support

The Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/hrsa/odhh/
The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides services to the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities throughout Washington State.

Resources for Individuals with Learning Disabilities

LD Online
http://www.ldonline.org/
LD OnLine a resource for individuals with earning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Information is also available for parents and teachers of learning disabled children.

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
http://www.ldanatl.org/
The Learning Disability Association web site provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on specific learning disabilities as well as resources and practical solutions.

Learning Disabilities Association of Washington
http://www.ldawa.org/about-us/
This site provides members with information on the latest research on learning disabilities (LDs) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), practical advice for parents, legal updates on educational rights of students, key workplace strategy and accommodation tips, national news on LDs and ADD, access to an information and referral line, and discounts on conferences and workshops.

Resources for Individuals with Psychological Disabilities

American Psychological Association
http://www.apa.org/
Provides current information and useful links on a number of psychological and mental health related topics.

Resources for Individuals with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/
According to their website "The mission of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is 'to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and maintaining employment'."

Do-It Student Services Office (UW)
http://www.washington.edu/doit/
Do-It is a resource center for post-secondary students with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network
http://www.jan.wvu.edu/
JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

PLU Career Development

http://www.plu.edu/career/
Career Development is a campus service that offers students free assistance directly related to the pursuit of careers after college.

PLU Student Employment

http://www.plu.edu/studentemployment/
Search for a job or sign up for e-mail notification about positions you're interested in.

Workforce Recruitment Program
http://wrp.gov
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilties.  The DSS Office at PLU hosts annual interviews with WRP on campus.

Giving credit where credit is due...

Thanks to the Disability Support Services Office at Seattle Pacific University for compiling such an array of well researched resources for individuals with Disabilities.  For even more links, visit their website.