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Post-Secondary Education

www.ThinkCollege.net

This is a website for transition-age students with intellectual disabilities, their parents and the professionals who work with them. The site has a database of colleges across the country that support the inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities, as well as resource materials on person-centered planning, funding options, and the differences between high school and college. Discussion boards, a listserv and publications are also available.


www.going-to-college.org/

This site contains information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college.


The following two publications are handbooks of information and resources for students with disabilities transitioning from school to the community:

A Student's Guide to Planning for Life after High School

www.tinyurl.com/cql7ur


Dare to Dream: A Guide to Planning Your Future

www.tinyurl.com/yfb9s2w


www.youthhood.org

The primary purpose of the Youthhood website is to help young adults plan for life after high school. By providing a concrete, familiar "place" for youth to begin the process of self-identity and future planning, this site offers a variety of tools for youth and the adults who work with them.


Access to Postsecondary Education

A handbook written for students, school counselors, teachers, and parents to help in planning for education after school.

www.tinyurl.com/co8r6e


Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

This federally-funded program provides information and consultation on job accommodations. JAN consultants are available by phone to assist in identifying potential accommodations; they have instant access to the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about different approaches, devices, and strategies. JAN's website has a searchable online database (SOAR) which can also be used to research accommodation options. JAN also offers a variety of fact sheets and publications about the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
Accommodation Information (Voice/TTY):
800-526-7234
ADA Information (Voice/TTY):
800-232-9675
Fax: 304-293-5407
jan@.icdi.wvu.edu
http://jan.wvu.edu


ABLEDATA Assistive Technology Information

ABLEDATA provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. This site presents a comprehensive range of devices that are available, and also includes general information and news about topics related to assistive technology.

8630 Fenton Street, Suite 930
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 800-227-0216 or 301-608-8998
Fax: 301-608-8958 • TTY: 301-608-8912
abledata@macrointernational.com
www.abledata.com/


It is essential for youth and young adults with disabilities to develop advocacy and leadership skills in order to understand the rights, responsibilities and choices in their lives. Opportunities exist both in school and upon entering the adult service world for individuals to determine and direct their career development--from assessing interests and goals to researching employment opportunities to starting a new job. Increasing a sense of empowerment often contributes to employment success. The following are resources for more information:

National Alliance on Secondary Education and Transition (NASET)

www.nasetalliance.org


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

www.ncset.org


Self-Determination Resource Website

www.selfdeterminationak.org/index.html


The Riot e-Newsletter for Self-Advocates

This e-newsletter makes readers laugh and feel good about life. It includes timely themes and covers topics such as dating, health and everyday fun.

www.hsri.org/leaders/theriot


Publication: "Self-Determination: A Fundamental Ingredient of Employment Support"

www.tinyurl.com/coq4ts

If you are interested in learning more about self-advocacy or want to become involved, contact:


Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS)

500 Harrison Avenue #230
Boston, MA 02118
1-866-426-2253 (toll-free in Massachusetts)
(617) 624-7791
Mass1998@earthlink.net
www.massadvocatesstandingstrong.org/


People with disabilities often perceive employment-related regulations for Social Security benefits as insurmountable barriers to working. However, many people misunderstand the impact of employment on individual benefits. By learning accurate information on Social Security Administration (SSA) requirements, along with learning about work incentive programs that make it easier to go to work, people with disabilities can feel more confident in their employment search.

Social Security National Website

The Social Security Administration has a comprehensive and user-friendly website, with extensive information, publications and forms available. Specific sections are dedicated to disability issues. Each of the regional agencies has its own website, which can be accessed through www.ssa.gov.

Employment Support Programs:
www.ssa.gov/work

The Office of Disability Home Page:
www.ssa.gov/disability


Social Security National Toll-Free Number

Voice: (800) 772-1213 • TTY: (800) 325-0778
Call between 7AM and 7PM any business day.

Note: Be prepared with specific questions and/or ask to speak with someone who specializes in disability benefits.


Social Security National Office Mailing Address

Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
6401 Security Blvd.
Room 4-C 5 Annex
Baltimore, MD 21235


Going to Work: A Guide to Social Security Benefits and Employment for Young People with Disabilities

is a resource to learn about how benefits are affected by working. It is available online and is downloadable at www.tinyurl.com/nv5cev. It can also be obtained from the Institute for Community Inclusion's Publication Office at
617-287-4300.

SSA has funded a national network of Work Incentives Planning and Assistance programs. WIPA programs provide counseling to help individuals understand the impact of work on their benefits. Individuals who receive SSI, SSDI, and/or CDB benefits can get these services free of charge from the Massachusetts programs listed below.


Project IMPACT

Statewide Employment Services
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Voice: 617-204-3854/800-734-7475
TTY: 617-204-3834
www.mass.gov/mrc (then click "Benefit Programs")

Serves the counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Plymouth, Suffolk, Essex, and Norfolk.


BenePLAN

Center for Health Policy and Research
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Voice: 508-856-2659/
877-937-9675 (877-YES-WORK)
www.beneplan.org

Serves the counties of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, and Worcester.


American Public Transportation Association

The website for the Association contains all available public transportation resources by state and county. It includes links to bus, train, ferry and para-transit information.

www.publictransportation.org/systems


MassRides

A comprehensive transportation resource for people traveling in and around the state. MassRides maintains a database of thousands of commuters and connects those who share similar commutes and are interested in carpooling or vanpooling to work.

www.commute.com


Project Action

This is a national program that fosters accessible transportation services for people with disabilities. It is administered by the National Easter Seal Society and funded by the Federal Transit Administration.

700 Thirteenth Street, N.W., Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Voice: (800) 659-6428
www.projectaction.org


In Massachusetts, public transportation, including para-transit programs, is coordinated by 16 Regional Transit Authorities:

Regional Transit Authorities (RTA)

BRTA--Berkshire Regional Transit Authority
Pittsfield • (413) 499-2782 • TTY (413) 448-2108

BAT--Brockton Area Transit Authority
Brockton • (508) 588-1000 • TTY (508) 580-0873

CATA--Cape Ann Transit Authority
Gloucester • (978) 283-7916

CCRTA--Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
Dennis • (800) 352-7155 • TTY (508) 385-4163

FRTA--Franklin Regional Transit Authority
Greenfield • (413) 774-2262 (voice/TTY)

GATRA--Greater Attleboro-Taunton
Regional Transit Authority
Attleboro • (800) 483-2500 • TTY (508) 824-7439

LRTA--Lowell Regional Transit Authority
Lowell • (978) 452-6161 • TTY (800) 439-2370

MART--Montachusett Regional Transit Authority
Fitchburg • (800) 922-5636 (voice/TTY)

MBTA--Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Boston • (617) 222-3200 • TTY (617) 222-5146
Office for Transportation Access/The Ride
(800) 533-6282 • TTY (617) 222-5415

MWRTA--MetroWest Regional Transit Authority
Framingham • (888) 996-9782 (voice/TTY)

MVRTA--Merrimack Valley
Regional Transit Authority
Haverhill • (978) 469-6878 (voice/TTY)

NRTA--Nantucket Regional Transit Authority
Nantucket • (508) 325-5971 • TTY (508) 325-7516

PVTA--Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
Springfield • (413) 781-7882 • TTY (866) 707-1656

SRTA--Southeastern Regional Transit Authority
New Bedford • (508) 997-6767 • TTY (508) 999-5810

VTA--Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority
Edgartown • (508) 693-9440 • TTY (508) 693-4633

WRTA--Worcester Regional Transit Authority
Worcester • (508) 791-9782 • TTY (508) 797-5560

www.matransit.com provides an overview, maps, and contact information for all the RTAs.