Education is important for people with disabilities because it helps them learn what they need to live independently. It gives them skills and confidence to be more independent, like getting a job, making friends, and feeling like they belong. When we make sure people with disabilities get a good education and transition planning is implemented, we invest in education for individuals with disabilities; we not only empower them to reach their full potential but also create a more equitable and inclusive society for all.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is a website that provides support and resources for individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and educators. Visit for information on various types of learning disabilities, strategies for academic success, accessing accommodations, and opportunities for advocacy:

Here are some tips for adults and families to consider when looking for education resources for adults with disabilities:

  • Understand the Disability: Take the time to learn about the specific disability or disabilities involved. Understanding the challenges and strengths of the disability can help advocate for appropriate educational support and accommodations.
  • Open Communication: Foster open and honest communication between all parties involved, including the individual with the disability, family members, educators, and relevant professionals. Encourage the individual to express their needs, preferences, and goals regarding their education.
  • Collaborate with Educators: Work closely with educators and school personnel to develop an individualized education plan (IEP) or 504 plan that addresses the unique needs of the disabled individual. To facilitate academic success, advocate for necessary accommodations, modifications, and support services.
  • Empower Self-Advocacy: Encourage the individual with the disability to advocate for themselves as much as possible. Help them develop self-advocacy skills, such as articulating their needs, requesting accommodations, and speaking up if they encounter challenges.
  • Explore Resources: Use available resources and support networks for individuals with disabilities and their families, including local disability organizations, support groups, online forums, and educational workshops.
  • Promote Independence: Encourage independence and self-determination in education-related decision-making. Provide opportunities for the individual with the disability to take on responsibilities and make choices regarding their education and future goals.
  • Stay informed: Read more on relevant laws, policies, and resources related to education and disabilities. Keep up-to-date with changes in legislation, available services, and best practices in supporting individuals with disabilities in educational settings.

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Support Education Equality

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) website is a valuable resource for families and professionals dealing with education issues for individuals with disabilities. It offers information on special education rights, advocacy strategies, and resources for accessing educational services and accommodations. Find updates on relevant legislation and policy changes, empowering them to advocate effectively and stay informed here: Education – Students With Disabilities | NDRN

Expect, Engage, and Empower: Successful Transitions for All!

The website “OSEP Ideas That Work” provides a wealth of resources for stakeholders involved in transitioning individuals with disabilities to post-school life. It focuses on ensuring successful transitions for all individuals with disabilities, offering guidance, tools, and strategies for educators, families, and service providers—access information on best practices, evidence-based approaches, and federal resources related to transition planning and implementation. Read more here: Expect, Engage, and Empower: Successful Transitions for All! | OSEP Ideas That Work