Student Success Stories
Watch videos or read about people with a variety of disabilities who have created successful lives.
A university student with disability, Ashley Anderson, discusses the struggles of campus life in a wheelchair and misconceptions about her disability. This documentary won awards in Iowa. 6:30-minutes.
Michael was diagnosed with autism at age three. While spoken words confused and agitated him, written words gave a nonverbal boy a voice. From Digital Storytelling – Families Around New Hampshire. 2:54-minutes.
Kcory Woltz discusses his “Top 5,” including the people who helped him succeed and his top advice for young people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Kcory is an 2013 Allegra Ford Thomas Scholar. 2:24-minutes.
Project Search is a national school-to-work program for students and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The program provides real life work experience to help students successfully transition from school to a productive adult life. 7:03-minutes.
An employment training and support services company helped David successfully transition from school to working two jobs in the community—at the Kirkland Reporter and Glassybaby. 4:09-minutes.
Watch video highlights of Laugh & Learn: A Panel Discussion of Comedians with Disabilities in celebration of 23 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 8:09-minutes.
Stories and vignettes
The National Parent Center on Transition and Employment success story collection includes stories about preparing for or finding a job, navigating postsecondary education, or identifying a community resource or piece of assistive technology that really worked for a student. Titles include:
- High expectations help teen realize her college dreams
- A hairy situation with a happy ending
- Teen finds his voice through theater
- Ashlee sees opportunities instead of obstacles
- Perseverance leads to rewards
Job Corps is a national career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24. Students can earn a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, or college credits; and career technical training in more than 100 career areas. Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, training, and preparation for a career, all at no cost. Success stories: