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CAREER DEVELOPMENT

 


The following sited have information or content directed at career development for people with disabilities.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

AgrAbility Project - Assists people with disabilities employed in agriculture.
DisabilityInfo.gov - The great source of employment information from the US Government.
America’s Jobline Network – A service that provides comprehensive job search services, by phone, for people who are unable to make effective use of internet job postings.
eSight Career Network - a great career support sight for folks who are blind or visually impaired.
I-Can Online
- Has some great online tips and pointers for job seekers with disabilities - also includes useful information for employers.
The Work Site - The US Social Security Administration's site for employment and Ticket to Work information.
WORKink (Canada) - The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work's "Virtual Employment Resource Center" - even features online job-search counseling (welcomes US job-seekers as well!)
Mobility International USA - a comprehensive source of information on international exchange and development opportunities.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) - has a great (brief) guide for parents on Work-Based Learning and Future Employment for Youth.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disabilities/Youth - resources needed to effectively serve youth with disabilities as they transition into the workforce.
Opening Stages - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a terrific FREE quarterly newsletter for People with Disabilities Pursuing Careers in the Performing Arts.
Youth to Work Coalition - YWC was established to assist businesses in creating or enhancing internships and mentoring programs available for youth with disabilities.
 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Youth Leadership Forums - Youth Leadership Forums are held annually in most U.S. States to develop the leadership abilities of young people with disabilities. LD Online has a list of these - along with important contact information.

SCHOLARSHIPS

(Please Note: This is not an exhaustive listing. Other national scholarships may be available and many colleges have their own scholarships for students with disabilities.)

GENERAL AND CROSS-DISABILITY

ASCLA Century Scholarship - The annual $2,500 scholarship will fund services or accommodation for a library school student or students with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited library school. The scholarship will fund services or accommodations that are either not provided by law or otherwise by the university that will enable the student or students to successfully complete the course of study for a Master's or Doctorate in Library Science and become a library or information studies professional.

disABLEDperson.com - annual scholarships for college students with disabilities in the United States.

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (Do-IT) - has a great listing of sources of financial aid for college students with disabilities.

Disaboom - Directory of Disability Scholarships

Foundation for Science & Disability - Student Award Program - awards of $1000 each available to 4th year undergraduates for assistive devices and other special needs.

Incight - Annually this Oregon-based organization provides as many as 30 scholarships to students with disabilities across the US.

Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards
To be eligible for these awards, you must be legally blind; be registered with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic for at least one year prior to February 21st of the current academic year (individually or through an institution); have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or its territories between a specific time period; and possess a minimum GPA of 3.0.

MuchMoreMusic AccessAbility Scholarship - $3,000 (CDN) to an applicant with a permanent disability who best demonstrates skill, talent, excellence and enthusiasm in pursuing a future in the broadcast industry.

National Directory of Financial Assistance Programs for Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities (Canada) - A truly comprehensive nation-wide listing of scholarships and other financing sources.

EPILEPSY RELATED

Pfiser Epilepsy Scholarship Award - 16 scholarships for students with epilepsy ($3000 each)

HEALTH RELATED

Cancer - listing from the Ulman Cancer Fund of many scholarships for students affected by cancer.

Hemophilia Federation - supports students with hemophilia and bleeding disorders.

Immune Deficiency Foundation - Eric Marder Scholarship Program.

National Hemophilia Foundation - Kevin Child Scholarship

Patient Advocate Foundation - support for students under 25 years of age who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.

Solvay Cares Scholarships - supports students with cystic fibrosis.

Ulman Cancer Fund - supports students whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

HEARING RELATED

AG Bell College Scholarship Program - awards of $100 - $10,000 for students with hearing loss.

Gallaudet Graduate Fellowship Fund - for deaf or hard of hearing students.

LEARNING DISABILITIES

National Center for Learning Disabilities - Listings of several awards related to education and learning disabilities.

P. Buckley Moss Society - scholarship for one student with a language-related learning difference.

PHYSICAL/MOBILITY-RELATED

1800Wheelchair.com - $500 scholarship, preference to students with mobility disabilities.

ChairScholars Foundation - national and Florida-based scholarships  up to $20,000 awards.

Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Scholarship is for any woman with a physical disability who is pursuing graduate studies at a university in the United States. They are especially looking for women who are involved in the disability community in their local area.

Multiple Sclerosis Society - for students living with MS or living with a parent with MS - over $1 million in scholarships awarded inn 2008

Spina Bifida Association - two different programs for students living with SB.

VISUAL RELATED

American Council of the Blind annually awards many scholarships to blind students.

American Foundation for the Blind - several different scholarships available for students with visual impairments.

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired - for legally blind students at post-secondary level.

Christian Record Services - scholarships for legally blind college students.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International - scholarships of up to $3000 for students with low vision.

Lighthouse International - scholarships for college and graduate studies.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarships
The National Federation of the Blind Scholarship is offering 26 scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the fall semester in the U.S. One scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time.

 

INTERNSHIPS

Canwest Internships (Canada) - Five annual internships to encourage young people with disabilities  to pursue careers in the broadcasting Industry.

Kennedy Center for Performing Arts - has approximately 60 internship opportunities annually and is more than willing to consider and accommodate interns with disabilities.

Emerging Leaders - an internship program for students with disabilities that draws interns from across the US.

Entry Point - is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering internship opportunities for students with disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business.

Ability Edge (Canada) - focuses on helping university, college and high school graduates with disabilities gain career-building experience.

The Washington Center - 50 competitive internship positions to help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable work experience in public service. welcomes students with disabilities.

Through The Looking Glass - has a unique scholarship program for U. S. students who have at least one parent with a disability.

Congressional Internship Program - Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation& AAPD offer multiple internships as congressional interns for students with disabilities.

Information Technology Internships - Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of People with Disabilities offer multiple summer internships for college and university students with disabilities interested in careers in information technology.

National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) - Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship for graduates aspiring to a degree in social policy with an emphasis on disability.

AWARDS

NISH - Workplace Design Awards - Annual awards for creating technological solutions to barriers that prevent people with severe disabilities from entering or advancing in the workplace.

Dr. Robert Greenberg Award for Innovation - Annually awarded to professionals from Disability Services, Career Services or Employers who have demonstrated innovation in the preparation of college students with disabilities or in the recruitment of these students for employment.
 

PROACTIVE RECRUITING

IBM's Project ABLE - A proactive program to recruit employees with disabilities.

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