IDEA - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.


Special Education: An Advocate’s Manual,” - Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service’s guide to the rights and laws that govern special education and other rights of children with disabilities in Michigan


Understood - Assistive Technology for IEP and 504 - Information on assistive technology in schools. Under IDEA and Section 504, schools provide and pay for assistive technology (AT) for students who need it.  With IDEA, students get services and supports through an IEP. With Section 504, if a child needs AT to participate in school, it can be covered in a 504 plan.


High School (Secondary Education)

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition – Postsecondary Education and Students with Disabilities - The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.


Understood - Creating an IEP Binder - Making an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and at the ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up to date on your child's progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child's IEP team.  


College (Post-secondary Education)

ADA National Network Fact Sheet :  Post-secondary Institutions and Students With Disabilities - This document explains the legal obligations that postsecondary institutions have toward students with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act.


Association on Higher Education and Disability - AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education


Auxiliary Aids and Services – US Department of Education’s resource for obligations under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for higher education.


Disability Rights, Education Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM) - is a student group with chapters and affiliates.  A national organization for and by college students with disabilities, supported by our sponsoring organization, the National Center for College Students with Disabilities(NCCSD).


How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities - This brief examines how two federal laws, ESSA and IDEA, can promote the development of meaningful pathways to postsecondary opportunities, including 2- and 4-year college, non-degree certificate programs, apprenticeships, and more, by ensuring all students are college and career ready, and it provides examples of model programs.


Michigan Association on Higher Education and Disability (MiAHEAD) - a state organization for professionals working with students with disabilities in higher education.


Students with Disabilities Preparing for College - Provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.


The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD)  - a federally-funded national center in the U.S. for college and graduate students with any type of disability,chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness.




University of Michigan

Allies for Disability Awareness Community Organizing (ADACO) - This organization works to develop an effective network of student organizations. In establishing this network, we hope to increase the visibility of students with disabilities, highlight the unique skill sets, abilities, and wealth of knowledge that students with disabilities bring to the classroom and to campus, and advocate for the fair treatment of said students at the University of Michigan.

Council for Disability Concerns - The Council was appointed by then President Harold Shapiro to carry on the work initiated during the IYDP and to act in an advisory capacity regarding University programs and policies which affect people with disabilities.

Council for Graduate Students with Disability Issues (CGSDI) - The mission of the Council for Graduate Students with Disability Issues is to promote a physical environment, social climate and academic setting in which students; particularly graduate students with disabilities are welcomed, respected and empowered



Academic Accommodations

Housing Accommodations

Knox Center Adaptive TechnologyThe James Edward Knox Center Adaptive Technology Computing Site (Knox Center) is a quiet and accessible computing site for students registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) as well as a source of computer accommodation information for  the campus.  

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities - Student services offices and disability coordinators at many colleges work to make campuses inclusive environments through specialized advocacy, support, and academic services.


Studying Disabilities:

Disability Studies UMInDS - a degree-granting program that will advance knowledge about, by, and for people with disabilities and to promote their full and equal participation in society