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Receiving Accommodations at College

You may request accommodations from your college/university at any time. However, starting sooner is best. It is recommended that you make an appointment with the Disability Support Services office as soon as possible and no later than one month before the semester begins. Colleges/universities are committed to working with you to provide reasonable services and accommodations. However, arranging services and …

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Requesting Services at College

Congratulations on moving ahead with your education goals! As you prepare for college or other training and education, you may need to seek out and explore options available for getting services and supports to accommodate your disability. Here are some things to think about: For more information about accommodations in college check out Going to College. To get reasonable accommodations …

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Internships, Apprenticeships and Mentors

When planning for your future and considering job or continuing education choices, internships, apprenticeships, and mentors can all be helpful in finding the path that is best for you. Internships and apprenticeships can help you explore your work interests and increase your abilities. A mentor is someone who can inspire you, advocate for you, and be a resource in achieving …

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Maryland Youth Leadership Forum

The Maryland Youth Leadership Forum (MD/YLF) is a leadership program open to high school students entering their final two years. It is designed to encourage and empower students with disabilities. If you are selected to attend, you will participate in a week-long program on a college campus. The program usually is held at a state university in late spring. At …

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Student Service-Learning

Maryland students are required to take part in service learning in order to get a diploma. The purpose of service learning is to apply what you learn in school to the real world. Examples of service learning are: Service learning is a great opportunity to find out what interests you. It also may help guide your career decisions. These activities …

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Transition Programs

Transition programs help you to make a successful adjustment from the school setting to higher education or to work. The following are all important parts of a successful transition: If you are currently in high school and have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), it should include a statement about the transition services you will need. If you become eligible for …

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Forms of Identification

Are you looking for your first job? Before you start, you will need several documents that prove your identify. Employers will ask for your Social Security number (SSN) and an official identification card before hiring you.If you don’t have a Social Security number, you will also need a certified copy of your birth certificate. A Social Security number is a …

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Applying for Jobs

Applying for your first job is a huge step for many teenagers. Not only are first jobs a great way to earn money, but they’ll give you plenty of experience and work skills along the way. There are a few steps involved in getting a job. Once you find a job opening that you want to pursue, you may need …

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Rights and Responsibilities

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is against the law for certain businesses to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also prohibits discrimination in employment. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) of 2014 forbids discrimination in employment or in provision of services by any organization that receives Federal funding …

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Options for Action

As a citizen of the State of Maryland, you are entitled to certain rights. Some of these rights are Various state agencies can help you as you prepare to work. At times, you may feel that you have not received the services or assistance you are eligible to receive. There are steps you can take to have your complaints heard. …