The financial burdens of medical care can make it difficult for many students with disabilities to pursue higher education – a harsh reality that can lead to lifelong disadvantages.
Many schools and organizations offer assistance to help students with disabilities reach their goals. From tutoring, to financial aid and tax breaks, students with disabilities, and their parents, can access a wide range of resources. But finding these resources and applying for them can be a bit overwhelming. Below you will find a wide range of scholarships, grants and tips on how to apply for them.
What's the biggest challenge for students with disabilities?
The challenges are academic and financial. All the financial aid in the world is useless without an admission ticket, so be in touch with colleges early on. Before a student even applies to a college, find out how the school is going to deal with your issues. Let them know who you are and why you want to apply there. Have an ongoing dialogue with the chairman of the department you’re interested in. That greases the skids when the application comes in, and it helps the admissions department look at the whole person rather than just test scores and grade-point average. The whole person is more important than a test they took on a Saturday morning. For students with learning disabilities, the SAT or ACT can be traumatic, because you’re only two-thirds of the way through when time is running out. For students with disabilities, it’s important to include letters from doctors — and not just one doctor. There might be a psychologist as well as a physician.
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