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High school students with disabilities

Refers to students with mild to severe disabilities in high school, usually grades 9 or 10 through 12 in the U.S. educational system.


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Services and Programs

Printable Resources and Materials

  • Going to College: A resource for teens with disabilities
    provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.
  • National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
    The National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities provides organizations many opportunities to learn, share and grow. The Center is place to learn about best practices in the field, connect with others who are committed to similar work, learn about upcoming conferences and receive training and technical assistance.
  • National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
    Provides information to the nation on disabilities in children and youth, programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities, IDEA, the nation's special education law, No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law, and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities. Also offers a listing of campsites and programs around the nation that offer services and specialized summer camp programs for children and youth with disabilities.
    Resource regarding postsecondary education options for people with disabilities.

Video, Podcast and Images

  • Connecting to the Future: Employment and Disabilities
    This video presented by the Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, highlights two advocates with intellectual disabilities who are meaningfully employed.

    The video was developed with the goal of raising the aspirations, expectations, and capacities of people with disabilities and their families, service systems, employers, and communities regarding competitive and meaningful work as a viable option.

    For more information on employment of people with disabilities in Tennessee, see Tennessee Works

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