2017 Information for Students with Disabilities


Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone. Famous quote by Martina Navratilova


It is absolutely grueling for a disabled person to meet his learning expenses and basic needs. A number of scholarships and grants for college are prevailing for the disabled students, which even don’t expect to be repaid. Several non-profit organizations, federal government, professional clubs, private communities, corporates, local and state government and other educational institutions serve for this purpose.

Tips to Obtain a Disability Education Grant

1.  Make use of internet or communicate with people around you to know about charities, trusts and educational acts that offer academic services.

2.  Check your eligibility to gain its benefits. The criteria may vary from one trust to another, so make sure you meet with them before you proceed with it. Make a checklist of below things:

  • Age
  • Disability status
  • Gender
  • Location
  • Parent’s occupation
  • Personal occupation
  • Income
  • GPA
  • Financial boundaries

3.  If you meet the above criteria, fill up the application form and apply before the deadline to qualify for government grants for education.


  • People with disabilities education act (IDEA) of 1975 states that it is against to discriminate against the students with disabilities.
  • Major belief of IDEA is ‘’You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.’’
  • It provides career and related services to individuals until 21 years of their age.
  • The major aspect of this act is to devise children for their higher studies, independent living and occupation.
  • List of disabilities that are covered under this law are:-

                 → Visual impairments along with blindness

                 → Intellectual disability

                 → Deafness and hearing impairments

                 → Language or speech deficiencies

                 → Emotional disturbance

                 → Autism

                 → Orthopedic impairments

                 → Learning disabilities

                 → Health issues or Medical conditions

National Institute of Health (NIH)

  • This act was formed in 1887 with its research center located in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Its various agencies such as the department of health and human services, national cancer institute, national institute of allergy and infectious diseases and laboratory of medicine offers disability college grants for students below the doctoral level to ensure a diverse learning atmosphere on their college campus.

National Federation for the Blind (NFB)

  • It is an oldest organization that was formed by blind people in Baltimore, Maryland
  • The main motto behind this group is security, equality and safety
  • NFB offers scholarship funds to 30 blind students every year

National Federation for the deaf (NFD)

  • NFD is a private organization that works long with the United Nations and World Health Organization to provide scholarships for the deaf people
  • Only the graduates who have completed their traditional four year course duration are applicable to this program
  • They are actively engaged in procuring information about education aid, money for tuition costs, financial aid and employment opportunities available for deaf and adults with hearing impairments by dealing with colleges, universities, legal obligations and other corporate industries

All these foundations take a certain time to tackle. In case of any emergency situations you can go for unsecured loans to get instant cash without any collateral.

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The guest post was contributed by Sophie, financial guest blogger from Manchester, UK. Find out more about her finance related blogs @financeport .