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A good education provides the foundation for building a future. For everyone, regardless of disability, it is a powerful and transformative tool. Education provides the key to both the employment and independence; it opens doors to self-realization and personal fulfillment. The challenge is to understand your abilities and goals to ensure that you get the right experience, knowledge, and credentials. The resources here explain the basics and point to tools and organizations that can help you realize your educational goals in high school and beyond.

High School/Individual Education Plan: During high school it is important to take an active role in the development of the educational plans that assist you with becoming a successful adult, including your Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Individualized Transition Plan (ITP). These plans include academics like reading and math, but also address life and employment skills. A part of the transition process includes deciding whether you are going to receive a high school diploma or a certificate.
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College & Adult Education: College graduates usually earn more than high school graduates. If you show an interest in college or a special skill in any of the subjects that you studied in high school, you may want to explore options for college or higher education. Planning for college or technical school should start early.
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Financial Aid: Figuring out how to pay for college or other educational programs can be challenging; however, DC youth with disabilities can take advantage of both government and private programs that provide financial aid and scholarships.
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Disability Support Services: Disability Support Services is a college service that provides advocacy and arranges for academic support and campus accessibility for students with disabilities. To receive services, a person with a disability must place a request with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation regarding the disability.
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Literacy/GED Resources: Teens and young adults with disabilities sometimes do not get the educational skills and credentials they need later in life. A variety of local programs can help you with reading and other educational skills.
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If you are going to college, there are tons of scholarships available for people with different disabilities and different cultures. It’s virtually free money for whoever claims it.
—Ahmad Zaghal



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