Selected as one of the "Best Reference Books of the Year!"
By Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber.
510 pages, hardcover Formerly issued as: Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families
Billions of dollars in financial aid has been set aside for America's largest minority: the 49 million Americans with disabilities and members of their families. In fact, more money is available today than ever before! This funding is open to applicants at any level--from high school through postdoctorate and professional--for education, research, travel, training, career development, emergency situations, assistive technology, specially-adapted housing, and many other purposes.
No other directory like this one!
There's only one print publication that can put information about these funds at your finger tips: the 2012-2014 edition of Financial Aid for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families. Here is a sample of the kind of funding you'll find described in this directory: up to $10,000 a year for undergraduate or graduate students who are blind; up to $42,500 in home improvement loans for the disabled; $2,000 a year to undergraduates with an immune deficiency disease; $5,000 to performing musicians who are physically challenged; up to $500,000 in loans for the disabled to operate small businesses; $3,200 to purchase computers or other assistive equipment; income/property tax exemptions for the disabled in numerous states.
What's included in the directory?
In all, the nearly 1,400 biggest and best funding programs are described in detail here: program title, sponsoring organization address and telephone number (including toll-free and TDD), e-mail and web address, purpose, eligibility, financial data, duration, special features, limitations, number of awards, and deadline date. Plus, you also get a set of indexes that let you search the directory by program title, sponsoring organization, geographic coverage, subject field, and application deadline.
How is the directory organized?
To make it easy to find exactly the type of funding you need, the directory is organized by both type of program (scholarships, fellowships, grants-in-aid) and type of disability:
Any disability:open to persons with any disability; funding does not specify or restrict the type of eligible disability;
Visual impairments:open to persons partially sighted or blind, with or without correction;
Hearing impairments:open to persons who have difficulty in receiving linguistic information, with or without amplification, or are deaf;
Physical/orthopedic disabilities: open to persons with with 1) a severe physical/orthopedic impairment caused by birth defects, diseases, or disorders (for example, multiple sclerosis), or other causes (e.g., accidents, amputations); or 2) a severe, chronic disability that was manifested before age 22 (e.g., spina bifida).
Other disabilities/disorders: open to persons who have a communication disorder, have a learning disability, are emotionally disturbed, or have other chronic or acute health problems (cancer, hemophilia or other bleeding disorders, asthma, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, schizophrenia or other mental/emotional illness, kidney disease, etc.);
Families of the disabled: Open to the children, stepchildren, adopted children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, and other dependents or family members of persons with disabilities.
Plus, all this information can also be accessed by program title, sponsoring organization, where you live, where you want use the funding, subject interest, and deadline date.
What's unique about the directory?
In addition to its comprehensive coverage, the directory includes hundreds of financial aid opportunities not described in any other source. Further, it groups entries by both type of disability and type of funding. The same convenience is offered in the indexes, where the entries are similarly subdivided by disability and funding type. With this organization, users with one set of characteristics (e.g., persons with a hearing impairment) will be able to find all the funding set aside specifically for them, and not be distracted or have to waste time sorting through descriptions of programs intended for individuals with other types of disabilities.
Want to Look inside the Book?
Still not sure this book is right for you? Need to know more about what the directory can do for you? Want to see the kind of information you'll get? Here's your chance to look inside the book and see the first 17 pages, including the table of contents, introduction, author bios, and a sample entry from the book.
What do the reviewers say?
This directory was chosen as one of the "best reference books of the year" by Library Journal and as one of the "outstanding reference books of the year" by the New York Public Library, which commended Reference Service Press for "its excellent contribution in an area of publishing where quality is at a premium." Booklist described the directory as "a well-crafted, easy-to-use, and affordable resource on financial aid." Disability Resources Monthly called the directory a "must-have" and American Reference Books Annual labeled it "an essential purchase." College Financial Aid agrees and, because of its "wealth of information," gave the directory its "four-star" (highest) rating. Want to read more reviews? Click here.
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