Associations, Organizations, and Professional Groups


Ability Hub

Ability Hub is a website that aims to help people with disabilities find information on adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.
AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability)
AHEAD is a professional membership organization for those involved in developing and advocating for quality higher education of students with disabilities. AHEAD started in 1977, and since then, the organization has been working to promote equal opportunities for students with disabilities in higher education. The organization also offers professional development through conferences, workshops, and publications for those who teach students with disabilities in higher education. The site offers a wealth of transition resources for teachers, students, and families that can be beneficial to the transition planning process. The site gives website laws, assistive technology, and job opportunities.  The site also lists annual conferences for those interested in attending.
Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU)
APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of private postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that comprise the for-profit section of higher education. APSCU has over 1,200 members.
Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI).
California Association of Post Secondary Educators of the Disabled
The professional association of faculty, staff and students, serving students with disabilities at California's institutions of higher educations. The mission of CAPED is to promote the full and effective participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of California Higher Education. We advocate and facilitate equal educational opportunity through appropriate support services, curriculum, instruction, policies, and funding allocations. We work to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities, and to promote their independence, growth, productivity, and equality.
Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) in partnership with American Institutes for Research (AIR) and PACER Center has come together to launch the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD).  The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs will fund this initiative.  As students go back to school, an awareness of how technology can assist students with disabilities in the postsecondary environment can be critical to their success.  The CTD will have an online institute that will provide the following to youth, educators, and families:
  • A robust library of multimedia resources on assistive and instructional technology
  • Discussion forums within a user-friendly café
  • In-depth, expert-led learning modules, many available for continuing education credit
  • Engaging personal and professional development activities

To receive more information about CTD website launch: Sign up here and follow them on Twitter.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children's divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field. Only CEC members are eligible to join the divisions.
Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)
COHEAO is a partnership of more than 300 educational and commercial members that promote access to post secondary education. COHEAO’s focus is on legislative and regulatory advocacy for Federal Perkins and other campus-based student loan programs.
Council for Opportunity in Education
The Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to specifically help low-income students enter college and graduate.
Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT)
Division on Career Development and Transition, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is an organization whose membership promotes active engagement in transition activities for youth and adults with disabilities. The division works to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.
Education Commission of the States
This site is about the policy making process. It gives information on data and research.
Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
ILRU is program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living.
Institute for Community Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass (ICI) promotes the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in their communities through training, consultation, clinical and employment services, and research. The site offers articles and podcasts on policy and benefits, education and transition, employers and job seeking, community service, and healthcare, in addition to Massachusetts-specific agencies and Career Centers.
National Academic Advising Association
The NATIONAL ACADEMIC ADVISING ASSOCIATION (NACADA) promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consultants Bureau, an Awards Program, and funding for Research related to academic advising.
National Association of Colleges and Employers
NACEWeb is the web site for career counseling and HR/staffing professionals who belong to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
National Association of School Psychologists
This website offers vocational skills to learn checklist as well as the stages in the career development theory. This gives the students, parents, and IEP team a developmental chart as well as a skills inventory list to compare to when making transition goals.
National Association of Special Education Teachers
This website has a lot of information on various topics related to successful transition for students.
National Business and Disability Council
This is an excellent resource for students who seek employment. There are webcasts on resume writing, disclosure of disabilities, and networking. Students have the ability to post their resumes as well as search for jobs.
National Career Development Association (NCDA) 
The National Career Development Association (NCDA), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA), promotes the career development of all people over the life span. Resources on this site include an extensive set of links on the topics of Self-Assessment; Career Development Process; Occupational Information; Employment Trends; Salary Information; Trade and Professional Associations; Military Information; Educational Information; Distance Education; Seminars, Short Courses, and Certification Opportunities; Financial Aid Information; Apprenticeships and Other Alternative Training Opportunities; Job Search Instruction and Advice; Job Banks; Industry and Occupation Specific Information; Researching Employers; Directory of Online Employment Information; Online Counseling.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
NCSET is based at the Institute of Community Integration at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. It is a federally funded project that coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.
National Council on Disability (NCD): Living, Learning, and Earning
NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Presidential appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and eleven, full-time professional staff.
National Organization on Disability (NOD)
NOD is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
The NSTTAC is a technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Special Education through December 31, 2014. NSTTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other interested parties to implement evidence based practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities whether students are preparing for postsecondary training or the workforce.
National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
NYLN is a youth-led organizationthat worksto build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16-28 years old. The organization promotes youth leadership and development, advocates for inclusion and trains youth with disabilities.
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (Pacer Center)
PACER Center works to improve the quality of life for young adults with disabilities. It is based on a parents helping parents model. 
Source America
Source America is a national, not for profit organization that is dedicated to finding jobs for people with disabilities. Source America provides training and assistance in identifying jobs for people with disabilities.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 130,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Read more about ASHA.


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Last Updated (Friday, 29 August 2014)