Fact Sheets: “What is ADD/HD?” and “Elements of Focus”


If you have ADD or ADHD, or suspect you do, check out “What is ADD/HD?” which briefly describes what ADD and ADHD are, describes strengths and offers strategies to be more effective in the classroom and while studying. There is even a quick self-assessment included.

Elements of Focus

If you have ADA or ADHD, staying focused can sometimes also be a challenge.  “Elements of Focus” offers easy to use suggestions to help students stay focused.

(Click on each graphic to open the PDF’s.)Info sheet on elements of focus


ADD/ADHD Tip sheet








Both documents courtesy Mark White, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX


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Resources from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth)

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth has many publications that  are designed to help transition aged youth plan their future.  Publications include, tip sheets, fact sheets, guides, reports and more.

These resources can be found at the  NCWD Publications page of the NCWD website.


The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. . . . NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils and other workforce development system youth programs.

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Hitting The Open Road After High School: How to Choose Your Own Adventure to Success!

The Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT), a project of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth), has helped co-write a guide to help students explore career paths after high school.

There are many career paths and educational or training programs out there,  and not everyone has a plan figured out. It doesn’t matter if you are still in high school or have transitioned out, it’s never too late to explore options and the supports available.

The publication, Hitting The Open Road After High School: How to Choose Your Own Adventure to Success!  is designed to help youth prepare for transition, learn about their options, find supports and services, and make choices that are right for them. to make the next steps forward.

Additionally, the “Hitting the Open Road Video Series”  features young people sharing advice on how others can build their own pathways to success.

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Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Students

Pregnancy itself is not a disability, but many of its complications and side effects can be under the ADAAA. Pregnant women are also protected from discrimination by Title IX even when a pregnancy produces no complications.

Schools must treat pregnant students in the same way that they treat similarly situated students. Thus, any special services provided to students who have temporary medical conditions must also be provided to pregnant students. . . .

Every college or university handles providing support to pregnant and parenting students a bit differently. As noted above, pregnancy can be thought of as similar to a temporary disability, so the disability services office is the institutional entity that provides support to pregnant (and parenting) students.  Other schools may have a different office work with pregnant and parenting students, perhaps only calling on the disability services office for support and assistance if the pregnancy has complications or is a difficult pregnancy.

The sites below have been developed to provide information and resources to students who are pregnant or parenting. If  you need assistance as a pregnant or parenting student, the student services office may be a good place to ask who you should contact.

Pregnant and Parenting Students Rights: FAQ for College and Graduate Students – Title IX:  Although not a disability issue, DSS professionals may be asked about accommodating pregnant students. Prepared by the National Women’s Law Center, this fact sheet for pregnant and parenting students may help answer many common questions.

The NCCSD Clearinghouse anf Resource Library: The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) has developed a FAQ resource to help pregnant and parenting students understand their rights and suggests resources at their school.

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972This 32 page pamphlet is a 2013 revision and update of a Department of Education document first published in 1991.  It has a FAQ section, and discusses strategies to assist educators in supporting pregnant and parenting students and more.  It is important to note that: “[A]lthough this pamphlet focuses on secondary schools, the underlying legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including post-secondary institutions.”

The Pregnant Scholar Project: This site provides resources for students, postdocs, faculty, administrators, and others in institutions of higher education, including colleges, community colleges, universities, and similar programs. Material at the site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (IIA-1449752) and is part of the Center for WorkLife Law at University of California Hastings College of the Law.

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A Few Things to Know About American Sign Language

Here are a few things to know about American Sign Language from five people who use it every day. “One thing is, daily, we see that hearing people think that ASL isn’t a language,” D.T. Bruno said in an interview for this video,” but the brain doesn’t discriminate against ASL as a language. ASL has all of the features of any other language in the world.” This video was filmed at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

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