Transitioning to college can present challenges for many reasons - new environment, new relationships, and more freedom. One challenge that many students face is learning/studying and time management. Furthermore, transitioning to college can cause anxiety, especially for students with disabilities. ADHD and learning disabilities can especially make the college transition more difficult, but thankfully, there are resources to help students develop new skills and gain support to make their transition easier.
The Wellness Center at William & Mary offers many classes to support students with developing meditation and relaxation techniques. There are also many apps and resources online to help everyone with relaxation.
Insight Timer (app): Insight timer has over 80,000 free guided meditations from thousands of different teachers. You are also able to set a timer to meditate to calm, ambient noise, intermittent bells, or soothing music. There is a paid option.
Smiling Mind (app): Smiling Mind organizes meditation into structured programs that have sessions. You can decide where you start and most meditations are between 5 and 15 minutes, with some ranging up to 45 minutes. There are also momentary meditations that are shorter than 5 minutes.
Simple Habit (app): Simple Habit has many five-minute meditations to incorporate into your daily life. There is a focus on productivity. You can set reminders and track your progress. The app is free to download and there is free content, but there is also a paid version to access a wider variety of meditations.
Headspace (app): Headspace is free to download and has a few free features, but to get full access, you have to pay for a Plus subscription. Headspace provides hundreds of exercises with regards to stress, sleep, focus, among others.
Calm (app): Calm is a sleep and relaxation app that is free to download and some courses are free, but there is a paid subscription. There are meditation courses, mood check-ins, and breathwork exercises.
The National Disability Rights Network offers protection and advocacy for people with disabilities.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization that is run by and for autistic people. Navigate their website to find out more about the organization and learn about resources for autistic individuals and self-advocacy within the disability rights movement.
The Arc works to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization works with public policy, advocacy, initiatives, and compiling resources.
Jobs and The Workplace
If you want to learn more about disability and jobs/the workforce, connect with the William & Mary Cohen Career Center and/or navigate the links below.