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NGCP curated this listing of high-quality resources to help your programs and communities support youth with disabilities.

AccessSTEM Promising Practices
The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) database includes articles that highlight promising practices for increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

An Accommodation Model
With appropriate accommodations, students with disabilities can be challenged to reach the same high academic standards set for students without disabilities. DO-IT's Accommodation Model and Student Abilities Profile are tools that can help teachers work with students to create an optimum learning environment.

DO-IT Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities and the use of computer and networking technologies to increase their independence, productivity, and participation in education and careers.

Equal Access: Universal Design of Your Project
This website provides a checklist for making projects welcoming, accessible, and usable, including guidelines and examples for plannng, information resources and technology, project facilities, and staff.  

Guideposts for Success
Developed by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this transition framework identifies the five guideposts, or sets of experiences, that all youth need to transition successfully to adulthood. The guideposts can help steer families, institutions, and youth through the transition processes.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
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 on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
NYLN is a youth-led organization empowering people with disabilities between the ages of 16- 28 by supporting them in their role as the next generation of leadership in the Disability Rights Movement.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this guide focuses on career-focused mentoring of youth and youth development outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Plotting the Course for Success: An Individualized Mentoring Plan for Youth with Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this document guides mentors and mentees through a number of activities to help them think about youth's developmental needs and goals, and what activities, experiences, and connections can help youth achieve those goals. It also enables mentors to express how they would like to see themselves grow in the mentor-mentee relationship.

Protecting Students with Disabilities
Published by the Department of Education, this site provides answers to frequently asked questions about Section 504 and the education of children with disabilities.

Supporting Youth with Special Needs in Out-of-School Time
This article presents finding from a survey of Out-of-School Time administrators and staff, showing that professional development can influence providers' willingness and ability to include children with special needs in their programs. Recommendations for supporting OST programs' efforts to serve youth with disabilities are also provided.

YO! - Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud
YO! connects, organizes, and educates youth with disabilities! YO! provides youth leadership opportunities, social networks, and resources.

AccessComputing Student Resources
Online community for students with disabilities interested in pursuing degrees in computer science as well as those who wish to mentor them; newsletters describing events and activities of the AccessComputing project; videos featuring students and professionals with disabilities, including veterans, in computing fields.

College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators
The guide offers students with disabilities and their families information on resources to help with their college education. There are many pathways to achieve independence through higher education, and this document gives an idea of what to expect in researching options.

DO-IT's AccessCollege
Created to the University of Washington, this guide features resources to help students prepare for college and be successful once they arrive.

Microsoft Disability Scholarship
Current high school seniors living with a disability (as defined by WHO) can apply if they plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry. The scholarships are renewable — each winner who continues to meet the criteria is eligible to receive an annual award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years for a potential total $20,000 scholarship.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
This pamphlet, provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. It explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

Ability in the Workplace: A Conversation with Jenny Lay-Flurrie
In this six-minute video, Jenny shares her passion for her IT career, information about her disability, the accommodations she uses in the workplace, and the importance of the NGCP in helping promote the awareness of and discussions around disability inclusion.

AccessSTEM Team Application
Link to an on-line community of peers and professionals, paid internships, other work experiences, research opportunities, and other activities for transitioning to college, graduate school, and employment.

Emerging Leaders Internship Program
Emerging Leaders is a highly competitive program that places undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships and provides them with leadership development opportunities.

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