Middle school, high school or beyond? Use these resources to learn how to ask for information in a way that you understand it, know your educational rights and become a problem solver.

education-resources4 How to become a self advocate
Self Advocacy Video – Ever had a parent or educator tell you “you have to learn how to self advocate at school”? This video reviews step by step how to get what you need at school. TONS of helpful tips.
education-resources3 Understanding Learning Differences & ADHD
Knowledge is power, that’s not just a cliché. Learning more about your particular challenges is the first step in figuring out how to get what you need to be successful. Check out Understood.org, the authority on learning and attention issues.
education-resources13 Student Voices: A Study of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues
Individuals with learning and attention issues (LAI) are just as smart as their peers. Many describe them as out-of-the-box thinkers who approach challenges in unexpected ways and who, with access to the right kinds of accommodations and supports, use effective and often highly creative strategies for learning and solving problems. The National Center for Learning Disabilities conducted this study to find out what factors contribute most significantly to positive post–high school outcomes for individuals with LAI. In it you will find out what young adults say and how they feel about their journeys, before and after high school and how it all turned out. Discussion points include emotional well-being, community involvement, social engagement, family relations, postsecondary education, employment, independent living and life satisfaction.
education-resources14 When you don’t understand the lesson at school
Thought you got it in math class, but now that you are doing homework, nothing makes sense? Not a problem, sign up with Khann Academy and get access to video instruction on just about everything. The videos explain concepts in detail and are easy to understand. All you have to do is search your topic.
Are you thinking of going to college?
Virginia Commonwealth University developed this resource, which is a great step by step breakdown of how to get there.
What skills will you need to be ready for college?
This guide says it’s for parents, but it may be more useful for high schoolers so they can keep tabs on what skills they already have and which ones they need to devleop before applying. Landmark College has identified five essential foundations that are critical for success in a traditional college setting for students who learn differently. Understanding these core areas can help students recognize the challenges that they will face in college and identify areas where additional support and development may be needed. This guide is designed as a first step in helping students understand the complex sets of skills, abilities and practices associated with these five foundation areas.
Things to know when looking for colleges
Here are some things you should know about when looking for colleges if you have disabilities as well as some great resources to use when you get there from bestcolleges.com.
Attending you IEP meetings
School getting you down? Try attending one of your IEP meetings and becoming part of the team that plans your education. Your thoughts and opinions could make the difference in your education experience. But you’ll never know unless you get involved. Check out Tips for Teens: Use Your IEP Meetings to Learn How to Advocate for Yourself. Provided by The Pacer Center
A website dedicated to growing up and becoming the adult you want to be. Their education section called The High School, addresses topics like Making School Interesting , Knowing What I Have to Do , Knowing Things I Want to Do, Understanding Graduation Options, Having a Disability, Understanding Tests and Accommodations and My Individualized Education Program.

Finding your passion and taking control of your destiny
In this TED Talks Youth, a teen shares how she put her educational disability aside, found her passion and took control of her destiny.
education-resources9  ADHD college peer support group
If you have ADHD and are in college, check out the ADAA College Peer Support Group. Meet with other young adults with ADHD without leaving the comfort and privacy of your home. The College Peer Support Group is for ADDA members who are enrolled in college. The goal of this group is to provide encouragement and support, problem solve, and cope with college life in more efficient and effective ways. Topics will include dealing with overwhelm, organization, relationship issues, and procrastination.
advocacy-resources10  Self-advocacy and Transition planning for your life after high school starts now!
Believe it or not, even if you are in middle school you have to begin to think about what you want to do after high school. Developing short and long term goals is essential in taking the lead in your life. This handbook looks at developing a long-range
plan in the areas of college, training, employment, and independent living. Middle school and high school are the times to focus on developing the skills you will need to compete and succeed in these areas. Transition planning also helps you identify and link with colleges, training programs, and state and local agencies that may provide services you need. This guide was created for middle and high school students as an instructional tool and was revised by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) in partnership with the Connecticut DOE, Bureau of Special Education, and Transition Consulting, LLC. Funding was provided by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. SteppingForward_Color_Interactive_Apr_14
education-resources11 Disability Services at New Hampshire Colleges
Once you get into college, you should be aware of the disability services on campus right away. New Hampshire has both community colleges and four-year colleges in its state college system. Each campus provides support services to their students with disabilities. The process will vary slightly from school to school so check out this page and get started.
education-resources15 How to ADHD
Have ADHD? Know someone with ADHD? Want to learn more? You’re in the right place! Every Tuesday this amazing young woman posts a new video with tips, tricks and insights into the ADHD brain – and really any brain. Jessica McCabe started this channel because she realized, after years of taking ADHD meds, that meds were not enough. She was still struggling with basic life skills. This channel is her ADHD toolbox – it includes short videos covering topics from how to study and take notes to relationships and how to set boundaries when you have ADHD.
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