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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.

Further Information:

Letter to Parents from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

Self Disclosure and Request Form