The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships – For students with learning disabilities

Apply by December 31

The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships are for graduating high school seniors with learning disabilities (LD) who are interested in post-secondary education. Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation, a high school transcript, a financial statement form, and current documentation of an identified learning disability.

The applications for these scholarships are due by December 31, 2014.

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $2,500 one-time scholarship for a student with LD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD in the fall of 2015.

More information complete rules, and to apply at Fifth Freedom (PDF).

Anne Ford Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a student with LD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2015. Students must have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).  

More information, complete rules, and to apply at Fifth Freedom (PDF).

For questions, please contact . Good luck!

National Federation of the Blind 2015 Scholarship Program

Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman year in the fall semester of 2015, up through grad students working on their PhD degrees. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. In addition to the money, each winner will receive assistance to attend the July 2015 NFB annual convention in Orlando, Florida, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.  To apply, read the rules and the Submission Checklist, complete the official 2015 Scholarship Application Form (online or in print), supply all required documents, and request and complete one interview by an NFB affiliate president (unless the president requests a later date). Applications are accepted for five months, from November 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015. Go to NFB for complete rules and requirements

Deadline for entries: March 31, 2015

Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities – Nov. 13th

Are you a person with a disability…looking for a career opportunity or internship?

This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend.

Great opportunity for College Students & College Grads with disabilities to meet online with employers across the nation including American Transmission Co., ANSYS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Enterprise Holdings, Epic, Genentech, KLA-Tencor, Lexmark, Verizon, & other Excellent Employers!

Students and alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.


Access opportunities within a wide range of careers.

  • Chat with employers across the nation
  • Public and private sector opportunities


Participate from the comfort of your home,
your dorm room or your favorite coffee shop!

  • Discuss careers and internships with multiple employers
  • End-to-end accessible technology platform


Save time and money.

  • No business suit or travel required
  • No printed out resumes necessary

Register at Career Eco.

Virtual Career Fair Date: Nov. 13, 2014


Web For All Accessibility Research Conference

Web For All has generous travel grants for students (especially for those with disabilities) so that they could get immersed into the latest accessibility research and mingle with internationally renowned researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry.

For those interested in publishing their research, apart from the prestige of having a paper accepted in our selective peer-reviewed conference, we have great prizes!

We welcome you to submit your best work on improving accessibility of the Web, Mobiles, and Wearables for people with and without disabilities to the International Web for All Conference (W4A’15), conveniently co-located with WWW’15 and MobiSys’15.

 W4A’15 will take place in Florence, Italy (May 18-20):
 – Intuit will award  $2,000 and $1,000 to the best technical and communication papers
 – The Paciello Group will award the winners of the Accessibility Challenge
 – ABILITY Magazine will highlight the winners of awards in a special editorial
 – IBM will provide travel grants to both grad and undergrad students with disabilities
 – Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the Doctoral Student Consortium 
 – Submission deadlines: Jan 23rd, Notifications: March 4th

As you know, devices are getting smaller, and more of them are now wearable: smart glasses, smart watches, and smart clothing are all working their way into our lives and onto our bodies. These devices are online, web-accessible, and increasingly interconnected. As with many technologies that have come before, wearable devices present incredible opportunities for improving accessibility for people with and without disabilities, but also present accessibility challenges in ensuring that people are able to equally benefit from them regardless of disability, context or situation. Acknowledging the importance of this topic, the theme of the 12th International Web for All Conference is “The Wearable Web”.

Don’t be deterred by the theme; we invite your best work on improving and understanding access for people across the accessibility continuum. Papers are expected to detail technical solutions and scientific insights into Web, Mobile, and Wearable technologies addressing diverse user needs. Areas of interest include but are not limited to the following: age, cognition, culture, education, emotions, dexterity, disability, diversity, health, hearing, income, infrastructure, language, learning, literacy, mobility, situation, society, and vision.

The keynote speech on the “Sense and sensibility: smartphones and wearable technologies to support seniors” will be delivered by Lorenzo Chiari who is a Professor and the Vice-Director of the Health Sciences and Technologies – Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research at the University of Bologna. On the close of the 1st day, join us for the evening of wine, food, and live music – with a Classical performance by Lia Martirosyan.

The “William Laughborough” after-dinner talk “Riches Beyond Measure: A New Frontier in Web Accessibility” will be given by Kevin Carey, the Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK.

Don’t come just for W4A’15 – stay for the entire week! W4A is conveniently co-located with WWW’15 and MobiSys’15 conferences. MobiSys’15 is the top research conference dealing with all aspects of mobile systems.

And WWW’15 is the best and the biggest Web research conference attended by famous Web researchers and practitioners, such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the Web). Among other events, we will hold a joint WWW/W4A panel session devoted to the “Wearable Web” theme.

Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program

Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities – Apply by October 31 

Studies have proven that volunteering or participating in an internship are the best predictors of future success in the workplace. The Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities gives college students with disabilities the opportunity to jump start their career path and gain a competitive edge.

 To qualify to apply for the Emerging Leaders program, you must:

  • Self-identify as a person with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 college/university-level credits
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Maintain matriculated student status for the semester following your internship (graduating seniors immediately continuing on to graduate level study may apply)
  • Have U.S. citizenship or be a documented alien legally authorized to work in the U.S.

To apply:

  • Download an application (Word doc)
  • Include with your application a 500-word essay on how living with a disability has impacted your life.
  • Include with your application a business-appropriate resume that includes your citizenship status under your name and GPA.
  • Submit a transcript for the latest completed semester.
  • Submit the application and all of the items listed above to by October 31

For questions or more information, call 516.465.1519 or email . Learn more about the Emerging Leaders program here: .