College Scholarship/Support

Access-Career Quest
A social/professional outpost for Graduates with a disability.  The Access Career Quest Ambassador program provides free peer mentors to college students and recent graduates who have disabilities. The program focuses on helping students make a successful college to career transition.

Access to Independence
Access to Independence is an independent living center (ILC), a nonresidential, cross-disability, non-profit corporation that provides services to people with disabilities to help maximize their independence and fully integrate into their communities. Access to Independence is one of 391 ILCs across the country and one of 29 serving Californians. Like all ILCs, Access to Independence offers required federal and state programs and services to people of all disability types and ages at no charge.

Cerebral Palsy Scholarship Foundation
The mission of the Cerebral Palsy Scholarship Foundation is to encourage and assist students with Cerebral Palsy to pursue college, university or vocational school education. We believe that education should be an achievable option, not an out of reach luxury, for these students. The website also includes other disability scholarships.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook
This guide was created to help students with disabilities and their families better understand the resources available to them. Key elements of the guide include a comprehensive overview of the various cognitive, physical or other types of disabilities students face while attending school; reviews of several technologies and advocate groups available to students who face various disabilities, such as ADD, autism and more; and tips and resources to help students transition from college to career.

College Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF)
Annual five day leadership program for teens with disabilities that provides infomraiton and resources about employment, education, independence and assistive technology at California State University, Sacramento.
Phone: 916-558-5423

Disability Friendly Colleges
Not one college guidebook specifically addresses these needs of students with physical disabilities however, so we created this website as one place where all types of useful links and college information are gathered and kept current. We are especially proud of our interactive charts of more than 75 disability friendly colleges and their services. We hope you’ll read our blog, tell us about your college experience and help us build the first interactive “college guide” for students with physical disabilities!

Learning Disability Association of San Diego (LDA)
LDA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families, alleviating the restricting effects of learning disabilities, and supporting endeavors to determine the causes of learning disabilities.
Phone: 858-467-9158

National Education Association (NEA)
Gives updates on the US Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Education programs and reports.

National General Disability Scholarships
A scholarship list open to people with various disabilities/diagnosis including cerebral palsy.

NCCSE-North County Consortium of Special Education
Serving Bonsall, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Fallbrook, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Dieguito High School District, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Vallecitos and the Vista School District.
NOTE: Each school district offers a consortium of special education, also known as a Special Education Local Plan Area.
Contact: Lisa Houghtelin-Parent Liason
Phone: 760-761-5120

Office of Secretary for Education
Phone: 916-323-0611

Various College Scholarship Opportunities

YO Disabled and Proud
YO! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities and gives them leadership opportunities, social networks, resources and more. YO! is for youth with disabilities to be PROUD of who they are and what they can achieve!