College/University Programs Specifically for Students with Disabilities in Louisiana
- Bossier Parish Community College – Program for Successful Employment
PSE is a two-year vocational training program for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism. The program combines academic and job skills training on BPCC’s campus and in regional businesses. Our goal is to help students acquire training for and find paid employment in a job focused on their strength and interests.
- Nicholls State University – Bridge to Independence
Designed to help students with intellectual disabilities gain skills needed to become gainfully employed through college courses and job- training. Students also attend weekly social skills and independent living seminars; participate in campus activities and organizations. They also have the option to live in residential housing and receive a Nicholls State University Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the program.
For additional information, contact Robin Bell at Robin.Bell@nicholls.edu or 985.448.4430
- Nicholls State University – Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders
The Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders serves the community and NSU students who have been identified as having characteristics of dyslexia and/or a related disorder. College students in all majors are provided support services.
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette – UL LIFE Program
UL LIFE, where we believe Learning Is For Everyone! LIFE is a highly personalized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. By combining academic, life, and self-advocacy skills with socialization at the college level, young adults with intellectual disabilities can become thriving members of our community. Our college-level elective courses, combined with our professional or interpersonal studies tracks, all center around the practice of learning by doing. We work closely with each student to customize their courses and college experience so they’re prepared for a career they love. Our academic mentors accompany each student every step of the way, including going to class, modifying in-class assignments, and providing support for out-of-class assignments and homework.
Disability Affairs Offices
All post-secondary schools should have a disability affairs office to assist students with disabilities be successful in their school setting. These offices should work in partnership with all the school departments and professors to provide appropriate support and services to students with disabilities.
Guide to Online Colleges and Disabilities
A website to help guide students in determining which school best meets their needs.
Louisiana College Guidebook for Parents and Students on Higher Education and Disability
This guide was written for students with disabilities who are interesting in attending post-secondary institutions.
Source: Families Helping Families of Jefferson and MO AHEAD
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.
Making My Way Through College
Making My Way through College is a guide for any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. You will find information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability.
Source: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, 2015
Paying for College for Students with Disabilities
Navigating the complex process of paying for college raises a ton of questions for most students. What’s a Pell Grant? Or a Perkins Loan? Do I have to pay anything back? Those questions can pile up even more quickly for a student with a disability. This website offers a fully accessible guide specifically for students with disabilities.
Technology Resources: For College Students with Disabilities
This guide provides a quick overview of the different common disabilities some college students have and the different resources and technologies available to them. It is truly incredible how many different applications and software programs are out there made just to help students get by in school even with their disabilities. That said, attending college can be very positive and life-changing experience!
Testing Accommodations for Post-Secondary School
This resource provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, including private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary (high school), postsecondary (college and graduate school), professional (law, medicine, etc.), or trade (cosmetology, electrician, etc.) purposes to provide testing accommodations, what types of accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations are also discussed.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, June 2016
ThinkCollege.net is a website filled with information about college for students with intellectual disabilities.