Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

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Need money to help pay for college? Click on the links listed below to learn more about scholarship resources for students with disabilities!  (Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for the websites)

Affordable Colleges: Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Affordable Online Colleges: Scholarships by Disability

FinAid: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities


Please note that CPCC does not formally endorse any of the scholarships listed here.

College Diabetes Network is starting a group this fall at CPCC

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is coming to CPCC! CDN’s mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 Diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. CDS’s vision is to create a college community, which will enable students with diabetes to thrive in all of their personal, healthcare, and scholastic accomplishments. A group will soon be meeting at Levine and Central campuses. 

Please call 704-800-5755 or
email for more information.

Notetaking Tips for Students

Written and researched by Alysia Leak, DS Lab Facilitator

Do you ever look back over your class notes and cannot make any sense of them? Is it so frustrating that you do not bother to take notes at all? Follow the links below to learn how to take notes from a professional Note-Taker. The first link is an article with some quick tips. The second link allows you to sign up for a free online class about taking better notes. Happy Learning!

Lessons from a Professional Note Taker

Free Class about taking notes


eTextbooks from Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Yuzu makes it happen!

Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator

If you prefer eTextbooks, you may know that your Barnes & Noble campus bookstore has access to many of your required books in alternative format. The code you purchase from the bookstore is usually used with Yuzu, an online partner with Barnes & Noble. You can use Yuzu online or download the app onto your personal computer or tablet! Yuzu also has special features so you can highlight and take notes right on the page!

Be proactive and ask the bookstore about eTextbooks for the upcoming semester. For more information about Books in Alternative Format and Assistive Technology at CPCC please visit the Disability Services website.

Get financial help for assistive technology!

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Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator Disability Services

Disability Services at CPCC is happy to provide students with assistive technology on all of CPCC’S campuses. However, we recognize that sometimes students need access to assistive technology outside of school, especially after students have completed their education at CPCC. The good news is, students do not have to fund assistive technology on their own. There is financial help available!

Visit the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program website to find information about funding scholarships, purchase of technology/devices for students with hearing and visual difficulties, and more.

In addition, you can purchase used assistive technology devices through the North Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange Post.

Interested in learning about FREE assistive technology? Here are some helpful resources for free software.

Please keep in mind that CPCC Disability Services is not responsible for mishaps that may occur when downloading free software.


NaturalReader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.

Windows Eyes

Windows Eyes is free read aloud software for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. Available in multiple languages.


SpeakIt is free downloadable software used with Google Chrome. SpeakIt uses text-to-speech technology to read selected text in over 50 languages.


NonVisual Desktop Access, or NVDA, is a free, downloadable screen reader that converts text to speech. NVDA is available in our Disability Services Testing Center, but students may also wish to download this free software onto their personal computers or onto a USB drive, which allows students to use NVDA with virtually any computer.

Have questions about assistive technology at CPCC? Visit our website for more information!


Financial Aid and Scholarships Available for Students with Disabilities

A common issue for any studnet is “How do I pay for college?” Students with disabilities are no exception! Fortunately, there are financial resources available specifically for students with disabilities. Affordable Colleges Online has a listing of these resources. Click here to find out what’s out there! Scholarship categories for students with disabilities include Autism/Asperger’s syndrome, blindness, deaf and hard of hearing, learning disability, mental illness, spinal disability, cystic fibrosis, epilepsey, hemophilia/bleeding disorders, and hydrocephalus.

Don’t wait to apply! Most scholarships have deadlines and they are competitive, so act quickly! If you have more questions, please contact the scholarships directly. Your Disability Counselor may also be able to assist you with your questions. Good luck!