Parent's Guide to College for Students with Disabilities
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Differences between High School and Post Secondary Education
- Services are delivered to the student - High School
- Student must seek out services – Post-Secondary Education
- Academic adjustments/ special education services– High School
- Accommodations are based on situational/functional limitations – Post-Secondary Education
- Special Education professionals/ parents can act as advocate – High School
- Student acts as advocate - Post-Secondary Education
- Annual review & IEP – High School
- No annual review or IEP - Post-Secondary Education
- Regular parent contact – Definitely High School
- No parent contact - Post-Secondary Education
- Entitlement to Education law (IDEA) – High School
- Anti-discrimination law (ADA) - Post-Secondary Education
About Post-Secondary Education
There are no IEP’s or mandated team meetings
Your child must request services and ask for accommodations.
(Your child is considered a responsible adult by the university faculty and staff.)
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Wake up independently
- Attend classes and be on time
- Submit papers / projects on time
- Arrange for tutoring and support services
- Identify as an individual with a disability
- Make an appointment with the Office of Disability Services
- Pick up and give letters of accommodations to professors every semester
- Ask for accommodations
ASK Your Child: Are you ready to assume these responsibilities?
If not, what does your child have to do to prepare for these responsibilities ?
Self-Advocacy is the responsibility of the student
In order to self-advocate, the student needs to know the following:
- What is in his/ her documentation?
- What is her/ his diagnosis?
- What are his / her functional limitations?
- What are his/ her learning strengths and weaknesses?
- What accommodations worked well in the past?
Your child needs to know the answers to all these questions in order to be an effective self-advocate.
College Checklist for Parents and Students
- We believe college is important and that there is a clearly defined goal.
- We have had a meeting with the IEP and transition team and have the supporting documentation to receive services in post-secondary education.
- We have read the documentation and can answer all the questions under self-advocacy.
- We have discussed responsibility and we are prepared to be responsible for our own behaviors.
- We have read the policy and procedures for obtaining disability services.
- We are aware of the various assistive technologies that may assist in accessing education.
Letter to Parents from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
Procedure to Request Services
Self Disclosure and Request Form