Disability Support Services
Resources for Individuals with ADD
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.
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 Survival Guide.
Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind
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
This government agency teams with blind and visually impaired individuals to gain independence through helping them meet their educational and career goals.
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.
Accredited Schools Online
The guide was created in part by four experts in the field, who lent their experience and expertise to help us provide students with visual and hearing 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
– Additional scholarships available for students with visual and hearing impairments
Resources for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The National Autism Society (Great Britain)
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
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has compiled a list of Asperger’s Syndrome Resources by state.
Online Asperger’s Syndrome Information and Support.
Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Association of Late Deafened Adults
“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
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The Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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 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)
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
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
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)
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)
Do-It is a resource center for post-secondary students with disabilities.
Job Accommodation Network
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
Career Development is a campus service that offers students free assistance directly related to the pursuit of careers after college.
PLU Student Employment
Search for a job or sign up for e-mail notification about positions you’re interested in.
Workforce Recruitment Program
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 disabilities. The DSS Office at PLU hosts annual interviews with WRP on campus.
College Resources for Students with Disabilities
With more adaptive technologies and progressive legislature, prospective college students with disabilities have countless resources available to make the transition to higher education less stressful. We created this guide to help these students and their families better understand the resources available to them.
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.