From The Director's Desk

October 20, 2018

Each new season brings with it the promise of change and improvements. At HEATH, this season is no different. You will note many changes in how we look and updates to our materials. We are pleased to present to you our newly configured site updated with the addition of training modules written for young high school students with disabilities who are preparing for transition from high school to college. Development of these self-directed modules and our improved website was supported in part by Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation dedicated to expanding success in education beyond high school. By selecting on the "Module" tab you will find a menu of 14 preparatory, self-directed modules for secondary students with disabilities as well as modules for parents and college/university professionals.Topics include:
  Topic Title Author


Awareness Postsecondary Options:

Knowing Your Options: What to do and Where to go

Jessica Mattis, Juliana Taymans


Community College:

Community College: An Excellent Option For Students With Disabilities

Carol J. Sweetser


Career Technical Vocational Education:

Opportunities in Career and Technical Education at the Postsecondary Level

Michelle Wircenski


College Application Process

Getting into College: What Students with Disabilities Want to Know

Kathy Zantal-Wiener


Financial Aid

Show Me the Money! Options for Paying for College

Michael J. Ward


Legal Issues

The Laws: What Do They Have To Do With You?

Carol Kochhar-Bryant, Pamela LeConte


How to Get Accommodations

Getting into College: What Students with Disabilities Want to Know

J. Trey Duffy,


Working with Faculty

How To Get Along With Your Professors: Building Positive Relationships With Faculty And Instructors

Carol Kochhar-Bryant


Managing Finances


Michael J. Ward


Emotional Supports

Navigating the Emotional Landscape of College

Pat Schwallie-Giddis, Jared Roberts


Independent Living Skills

Living On My Own, Away From Home, Having To Do My Laundry All Alone

Michael J. Ward


Self-Advocacy Skills

Self-Advocacy Skills You Need To Know For College Success

Michael J. Ward


Rehabilitation services

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: Can It Help You?

Marilyn E. Gentles


Campus Life:

Keeping Healthy and Happy at College

Carol H. Hoare


Faculty Resources

Students with Disabilities in the College Classroom: What College Faculty Need to Know?

Kathy Zantal-Wiener


Parent Resources

A Parent's Guide to the Transition of Their Adult Child to College, Career, and Community

Donna C. Martinez


New to our site is a dedicated Toolkit Tab that contains our Guidance Counselor's Toolkit our Resources Tab. We have also added a dedicated Resources Tab. There you will also find a copy of our Guidance Counselor's Toolkit, as well as Seasonal Programs (including our Summer Pre-College Programs), FAQs or Frequently Asked Questions, Links, and File Repository (including our collection of articles in pdf and powerpoint presentations). Our resources will continue to grow and be updated.

Along with our modules, we continue to provide you updates and information in the fields of disability, postsecondary education, and career development. HEATH is keeping abreast of new changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act and its 2008 amendments (ADA-AA 2008). We have included links to the information on the change that took effect January 1, 2009. HEATH awaits the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)'s updated announcement for the notice for proposed rulemaking that has been postponed for further study. We encourage you to visit the statistical information on employment for people with disabilities released in February 2009 by the Office of Disability Employment Policy. We also include in this issue a fact sheet for students with disabilities interested in creating a chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society recognizing the academic accomplishments of college and university students with disabilities.

We have updated our Archived files as well to assure our materials are current and correct. If you wish to refer back to older, outdated copies you may be able to locate them by using a search engine such as Google to locate older articles that have been archived on other sites. Another location for seeking older items is the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC):  For example, the article, "Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Post-Secondary Education." may be found on ERIC at: 

We encourage you to help us keep our data, resources, and fact sheets current by advising us when one of our articles' information has changed over time. You are also invited to met our call for papers to assure HEATH's information remains current and correct. 

As always, we appreciate your feedback and encourage your comments on our new platform and products. Email us at [email protected] and let us know what you think.


Dr. Donna Martinez
The GW HEATH Resource Center