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DelAWARE DisABILITIES HUB provides resources for youth and young adults with special needs during the transition years to help them reach their full potential. It’s also designed to assist professionals who support Delaware’s exceptional citizens.
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Getting the most out of your education is essential to your future. Here you can find information on transitioning and college.
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Your Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Learn what to expect at your IEP meeting and how to make it "yours" to benefit your education.
What is Transition and When Should It Begin?
Transitioning is a critical phase in High School. Knowing when and how it should occur will put you ahead of the game!
The SATs and ACTs
Most colleges require that you send in your scores from standardized college entrance exams. Look here for help with these important tests:
Going to College
Do you want to take college courses? The process can seem overwhelming. Here are some resources to help you and your parents navigate the process.
Paying for College
Worried about the cost of college? The financial strain is enough for some people to say “no way! I can’t afford that!” Check out these links for financial assistance.
Guardianship, Supported Decision Making and Age of Majority
What is the difference between Guardianship, Supported Decision Making and Age of Majority and how can they impact you and your family?
Stepping into the work force is an exciting time! There are several agencies throughout your community ready to assist you in your search for training and employment.
College Just not "Your Thing"?
Do you feel like you’re just done with classes, want to learn a skill, get hands-on training or have a skill that may require enhancing? No worries! There are many resources available to assist you.
- University of Delaware, Center for Disability Studies: Career and Life Studies Certificate
- Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation-Delaware Works
- Office of Personnel Management
- Delaware Health and Social Services-Pathways to Employment
- Delaware Works
- U.S. Department of Labor “Disability Online” - Information on work and employment incentive grants as well as the Ticket to Work Program.
- Entry Point! - The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers internship opportunities for students with disabilities in the Sciences.
Preparing for the Job Hunt
Learn how to write a strong resume, how to dress appropriately, what to ask (or not to ask!) and how to interview well.
Finding a Job
Search for the perfect job with the help of these sites.
- How to do a Job Search
- Neuvoo - Over 2 million jobs posted with more than 400,000 jobs available for people with disabilities.
- USAJOBS-Federal website for government jobs around the world
- Delaware Career Resource Network
- Ability Links - This is a nationwide, web-based community where qualified job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities. Employers post jobs and search resumes on Ability Links to identify qualified job seekers with disabilities. Job seekers with disabilities can apply for jobs and post resumes.
Your Employment Rights
Everyone has rights as an employee. Disability rights are sometimes confusing for both the employee and employer.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
- Benefit Planning Query Handbook (BPQH) - The information contained in a BPQH provides customized information on SSA’s employment support programs to beneficiaries with disabilities who want to start or keep working.
- Guide for People with Disabilities seeking employment.
- Working while Disabled-How we can help-Social Security Admin.
Eating well, seeing the right doctor, recreation, taking the correct medications, having a support system; all things to consider when trying to remain or get healthy.
Get Healthy, Stay Healthy
Fun things to do in Delaware and organizations to help you find activities that suite your specific needs and other questions regarding a healthy lifestyle can be found at the following sites.
Finding a Healthcare Professional
Finding the right doctor, filling out forms, questions you may want to ask, having a support system in place; find all this and more in the following links.
- Practice without Pressure - Helps people, especially those with disabilities, receive quality medical, dental and personal care with dignity and respect.
- Got Transition - Aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth.
- Finding Adult Healthcare Providers
- Healthcare Transition Worksheet
- How to make a Doctor's appointment
- How to survive a Doctor's appointment
Managing Your Medication
Following you will find using the correct medication, manage your medications and how to apply for prescription assistance.
Most young people dream of having their own place, away from the watchful eye of their guardians. Will you buy, rent, live in a group setting? Look here for some ideas.
The Right Choice for You: What Type of Housing is Best?
Whether you wish to buy or rent, live in a community setting or share with just a few friends, these sites can help you decide what’s best for you and what will fit your lifestyle.
Finding a House to Rent or Buy
Here you will find some helpful information regarding renting or buying a home.
Making Your Home Accessible
Already own a home but need help making it “your home”? The following sites can help you find places that can make a home easier to live in.
For people with disabilities, legal issues arise frequently. Visit the following sites to help you advocate for yourself or a loved one with legal questions.
Disability and Your Rights
All this talk about “rights”; what does it mean? What are your rights as a person with a disability? Search these topics to help you better understand them.
Guardianship and Alternatives
A strong support system is important to everyone; we use them daily through advice or help from our peers, parents, the medical community, etc. What are your options? These sites may help you decide what’s best for you.
- Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship
- Power of Attorney Form
- Alternatives to Guardianship-including substitute payee for SSI/SSDI, healthcare surrogate, Advanced healthcare directive, Trusts, ABLE Act, Power of Attorney and more.
Applying for Benefits
Disability benefits are sometimes confusing and applying for them can be a huge undertaking. Check out these sites for some assistance.
Money Management and Taxes
Managing money and taxes are something everyone that has an income must deal with. It doesn’t have to be a “taxing” time! Use the following sites to help you take control of your finances and reduce stress during tax time.
As a caregiver of a person with a disability, you probably have many concerns and questions. The following may address some of these questions.
- Getting the Best out of Your Child's Education
- Benefits and Services
- Helping Your Child Become Independent
Getting the Best out of Your Child's Education
Need information regarding the education process? Explore the IEP process or any of the several services available to your child while in school.
Benefits and Services
Applying for benefits may make one feel as though a law degree is needed! The following information may help you understand the systems in place more clearly.
- Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- FREE Legal services in Delaware
- Delaware ASSIST - provides access to screen and apply for a broad range of social service programs.
- What to expect after winning your child’s SSI case
Helping Your Child Become Independent
Find out how to become your child’s best advocate to assist them in becoming an independent adult!
- Delaware Family Voices - Supporting families and children with special needs.
- Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network - Designed to help you understand what respite is and how they can provide financial assistance to fund respite.
- Anything Pawsable Service Dogs - Learn About the Different Types of Service Dogs.
- Danio Diary - Get real-time updates from the people providing care to your loved ones.
Being independent depends largely on how well you can get from point “A” to point “B”. Transportation is a huge issue for many people. These sites may assist you with “getting around.”
Is driving just not in the cards for you? No worries; visit the following sites to learn how to navigate the public transportation system in Delaware.
Owning a Vehicle
Does your vehicle require modification? Need you require specialized training to drive? These questions and many others can be answered through the following sites.
- Moss Rehab Driving School: Become a safe, competent driver
- Brant Driving School: Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
- Disabled Travelers-specializing in disability travel
- Adaptive Driving-Make driving a reality!
- Application for Special license plate
- Delaware Driver Manual
- Disabilities and Driving Fact Sheet-The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)
- How much insurance do you need?
Do you dream of seeing what’s “out there”? Travel isn’t limited to the non-disabled population! These sites can help you with travel plans.
Are you a visual person? Do you retain information best by seeing or hearing it instead of reading it? Take a look at the following that are a sort of “self-help” collection of videos.