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Tips for Parents about Education

All students applying to traditional degree programs are held to the same academic standards and procedures. While more and more colleges are accommodating students with disabilities, they are not covered by IDEA, therefore, students with disabilities are not "entitled" to the services and support they get in high school. Instead, they must demonstrate that they are eligible for certain services and support. While a student with disabilities still has certain rights, as outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, there are limits to what colleges are required to provide and adjust. However, programs do exist to help students with disabilities get accommodations and services to assist them to succeed in higher education.

Some services such as transportation from home to school and assistance with using the restroom or eating lunch are not required to be provided by colleges and universities under the ADA or Section 504. These services may be essential for your child to attend college. You many need to talk with Disabled Student Services and other students who have the same needs about creative solutions to meet these needs.

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How to help your child prepare.

There are many steps parents can take to actively participate in their child's transition planning. For example:

  • First and foremost, foster independence and encourage your child to become involved in his/her IEP planning.
  • Talk about college, how it's different from high school and what will be expected.
  • Visit a college to help your child get "a feel" for the environment.
  • Encourage your child to take a college class while still in high school.

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