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FAQ's for Parents


FAQ for Parents

1. What is my role as a parent who has college student with a disability?
2. How do the responsibilities of working with students with disabilities in Higher Education institutions differ from those of high schools?
3. I have heard that my son or daughter can sign a waiver that will allow me to speak with staff at the disability office. Is this true?
4. Can I request accommodations for my child?
5. In high school, teachers kept me informed of how my son or daughter is doing in classes. Will a professor contact me if my student is having difficulties in class?
6. What is my son or daughter's role as a college student with a disability?




FAQ for Parents

1. What is my role as a parent who has college student with a disability?
Students need the support, but not the control of parents and other family members. Appropriate parental involvement must take place within the boundaries set by law by good sense and by keeping the long term best interest of the emerging young adult in mind. Such involvement as it relates to the University life most often involves advising and encouraging the college life from the sidelines. Only the most extreme circumstances, such as those that seriously threaten the health of the student, allow for direct parental involvement.

2. How do the responsibilities of working with students with disabilities in Higher Education institutions differ from those of high schools?
The responsibilities towards students with disabilities in Higher Education institutions are very different from those of high schools. High schools are required under IDEA to indentify the educational needs of students with a disability and provide a free and appropriate education. This responsibility is not required of Higher Education institutions. Higher Education institutions are required to provide appropriate academic accommodations to ensure that a student with a disability is not discriminated against. The student is responsible for disclosing his or her disability to the institution.

3. I have heard that my son or daughter can sign a waiver that will allow me to speak with staff at the disability office. Is this true?
A college student can sign a release giving staff permission to share information with parents'. However, you should know that even if a student signs a release, OALA staff only communicates with parents, or other parties, in the presence of the student. Also, OALA staff requires that the student handle any matters related to our office, including registration and accommodations. We do not work with the parent in place of the student.

4. Can I request accommodations for my child?
All requests for accommodations must come directly from the student.

5. In high school, teachers kept me informed of how my son or daughter is doing in classes. Will a professor contact me if my student is having difficulties in class?
In college, students are to know how they are going and seek assistance if they are having problems. The college is not permitted to release information about a student's academic progress.

6. What is my son or daughter's role as a college student with a disability?
Any student's role is to successfully transition into an independent adult. We know that students with disabilities face the same challenges as every college bound young adult plus the challenges related to their disability. However, their role still remains to successfully transition into an independent adult. The time for dependence is coming to a close.

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