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Education Resources for People with Disabilities

Learn about early intervention, students and educators rights and responsibilities, and access to higher education.

K-12 and Transition Services

Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN)
Lists materials and links that can help youth who have special health needs make the transition to all aspects of adult life.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), U.S. Department of Education
Decides how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services. This site is a "one-stop shop" for information related to IDEA and its regulations.

Parent & Family Engagement Resources
Parents and mentors can use this list in the Minnesota Programs of Study website to help teens with disabilities to make career and postsecondary education plans. .

PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) Center
Expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of youth with disabilities and their families. PACER is based on the concept of parents helping parents. Find out about assistive technologies that allow students with disabilities to get the most out of their education.

Higher Education

Find Minnesota Schools
Most schools have an office for students with disabilities. Contact the admissions office to learn more about the accommodations available.

Pay for College
Need money for school? Learn how to calculate costs and get financial aid.

Plan Your Education
Begin researching your higher education and financial aid options.

Affordable Colleges Online: College Affordability for Students with Disabilities
Online guide with advice and resources for loans and scholarships available specifically for students with disabilities, distance learning tips for students with disabilities, job resources for students with disabilities, and additional helpful resources.

Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
Promotes equal access in higher education for people with disabilities. Providing information for parents of college students with disabilities.

Students with Disabilities — Rights and Responsibilities
College students with disabilities will have new responsibilities they do not have as high school students. The responsibilities of colleges differ significantly from those of school districts. Being well informed will improve your opportunity to succeed without confusion or delay.