Leading Edge Resources: Lifelong Education

New Zealand has an equal opportunity policy for students with disabilities through an Equal Employment Officer on each campus. Since 1986 the provision for post secondary or tertiary sector education with cognitive disability ("intellectual disability") has grown rapidly to 15 full-time programs in 2000. This is revolutionary. (http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/venture/PostSecEd2005.pdf)

formerly 'the corporation for enterprise development'An Individual Development Account, also known as an "IDA", is a savings account for low-income workers that can be used for small-business development, higher education or the purchase of a first home. Each time you make a deposit, the IDA program contributes an additional deposit called a match. IDA programs can have a match one, two or three times the size of each deposit you make. For example, if you receive a 2:1 match, each time you deposit $25, you will get an additional $50 toward your savings goal. http://cfed.org/programs/idas/

U Can Do I.T. provides computer training for people with disabilities in their own homes. The basic course consists of 10 training sessions and includes email, surfing the web and an introduction to newsgroups and chatrooms. While many people with disabilities can raise money to buy computers themselves, or have computer equipment donated to them by friends or community organizations, training to actually use those computers has often not been available, and the computers go unused. A charitable group in England decided to develop a home-based training program available at an affordable cost. Part-time freelance tutors who are paid a fee per training session delivered. The tutors make their own arrangements with students, and give training sessions at a time convenient to both. The program attracts highly skilled people with excellent technical abilities and good teaching skills. http://www.ucandoit.org.uk/

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