General Post-Secondary Education Information
Think College is a national organization dedicated to improving inclusive higher education options for individuals with disabilities. They offer resources such as a directory of inclusive post-secondary education programs across the nation.
HEATH Resource Center
The HEATH Resource Center gathers and disseminates information to help individuals with disabilities access postsecondary education and training. The website offers an extensive directory with info on various postsecondary education topics as well as modules.
Going to College is a website designed for high school students with disabilities. They offer resources for college planning, campus life, and "to-do" lists to help students complete essential tasks required for college preparation.
Tennessee Inclusive Higher Education Alliance
The Tennessee Inclusive Higher Education Alliance is an organization in Tennessee dedicated to increasing post-secondary opportunities for students with disabilities. Resources provided on their website include information on paying for college and on higher education programs in TN.
Scholarships & Funding
Nationwide - The LD Resources Foundation supports an awards program created help students diagnosed with Dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities by provided them with assistive technology such as a laptop computer.
Nationwide - The RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was established in 2010 to award and recognize students with learning disabilities, who have shown determination, self advocacy and success in overcoming their difficulties and are pursuing post-secondary education. RiSE Scholarship Foundation Inc. aims to offer meaningful scholarships to award the success of students, to bring awareness and education to the subject of learning differently. This scholarship is available to high school seniors.
NCLD offers annual scholarships and awards ranging from $2,500 - $10,000 that celebrate the work and achievements of those students and leaders working to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals with learning and attention issues.
Lime Connect represents the largest network of high-potential university students and professionals with disabilities. They connect individuals to various career, scholarship, internship, and fellowship opportunities. Lime Connect offers distinct scholarships with their partners that support the education of current university students and open the door to potential internship and co-op opportunities.
Microsoft offers a Microsoft Disability Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to promising high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry. The scholarships are renewable – each winner who continues to meet the criteria is eligible to receive an annual award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years for a potential total $20,000 scholarship.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education offers the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship which is an annual college tuition grant of up to $1,000 available to one or more high school seniors that also have language-related learning differences that are planning to have careers in the field of visual arts.
The Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation offers the John D. Wagner and Elisabeth R. Wagner Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each school year to people afflicted with neurofibromatosis who are seeking higher education.
The Tennessee Department of Education offers the Tennessee STEP UP Scholarship. The STEP UP Scholarship is a program designed to assist students with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school and enroll in an individualized program of study of up to four (4) years at an eligible postsecondary institution.
Colleges & Universities in Tennessee
Locations: Athens; Chattanooga; Covington; Crossville; Crump; Dickson; Elizabethton; Harriman; Hartsville; Hohenwald; Jacksboro; Jackson; Knoxville; Livingston; McKenzie; McMinnville; Memphis; Morristown; Murfreesboro; Nashville; Newbern; Huntsville; Paris; Pulaski; Ripley; Shelbyville; Whiteville, TN - Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are vocational/technical schools that offer a variety of training programs to prepare students to transition directly into a career.
Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt University is a private, four-year, research university that offers various undergraduate and graduate degree options. They also offer the Next Steps Program, a 4-year inclusive higher education program committed to supporting students with intellectual disability.
Cleveland, TN - Cleveland State Community College is a public community college that offers Associate degree options and transfer credits. Their Disability Support Services promotes equal opportunity for students with disabilities so that they can fully participate in the academic experience.
Jackson, TN - The EDGE Program offered at Union University is a post-secondary educational opportunity for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a college experience to further their education. This program's goal is to teach employment skills and make students great employees for their community.
Cookeville, TN - Tennessee Tech University is a public university that offers undergraduate education in fields related to engineering and technology, education, liberal arts, agriculture, nursing, and others. They also offer graduate degrees in engineering, business, education, and liberal arts.
Knoxville, TN - University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a public university that offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degree options. They also the FUTURE Program, a 2-3 year postsecondary education program for students with disabilities that empowers them to achieve gainful employment in the community.
Maryville, TN - Maryville College is a private liberal arts, 4-year college that offers bachelor's degrees in several majors as well as teacher licensure degree programs. Their Academic Support Center’s Disability Services provides supports for students with disabilities such as testing accommodations, providing access to adaptive computer technologies, and acting as a liaison to campus services.