Your daughter/son is now a young adult attending college. Educational support services are different, and special education laws no longer apply the same way as they did in secondary schools. Do you know the
Are you and your son/daughter prepared?
Changing from advocate to support system:
Parents can teach self-advocacy and avoid the “helplessness” (I don’t know what to do) syndrome.
Cooperate and support your young adult’s problem solving skills, encourage action that will enhance your young adult’s educational experience and reinforce the idea that your young adult is responsible for his/her actions.
Know what services are available (Office of Disability Services, Residents’ Life, Health and Counseling Services, Academic Departments). Encourage your young adult to contact the appropriate services and practice self-advocacy. Practice self-control and refrain from making that initial contact yourself.
Your son/daughter is now legally considered as an adult.
You can respect your daughter/son by avoiding direct interference in educational concerns but providing them with some one who listens to their concerns and supports a well thought out decision.
There are no IEPS in higher education and no team planning meetings.
Your son/daughter should assemble a file of legible copies of all relevant documentation.
Your daughter/son should know how to contact the service provider at the university.
Your son/daughter should be familiar with the assessment results, appropriate accommodations, and their individual learning styles.
Your daughter/son should be able to answer the following questions:
- What are my learning strengths?
- Can I take notes, read a textbook and study based on my learning strengths?
- What accommodations worked well for me?
- What assistive technology can I use that will assist my learning?
Young adults should have self-advocacy skills so that they feel comfortable when they need to request accommodations from professors.
To make transition to university life easier, my son/daughter can independently engage in the following activities of daily living:
Showering, dressing, grooming, washing clothes
Sleeping and eating habits
Learn to use the e card, respond to an alarm clock, avoid interrupting others sleep
Get to appointments and class on time, return phone calls in a timely manner, keep a planner/organizer/PDA
Go to class, meetings and appointments with instructors
Using an ATM card, checking account and banking
Tending to a minor illness
Take medication on schedule, how to contact professional/medical personnel when needed and can explain disability /diagnosis and what accommodations are needed
Getting along with others in communal living
Work with others to resolve conflicts, know who is the resident assistant for dorm and respect other’s things
Can explain disability/diagnosis and what accommodations are needed
Self-advocate and work with the service provider to receive reasonable accommodations
Study skills and learning strategies
Time management, test taking, notetaking, textbook reading, research, vocabulary development, memory skills, stress management
Good luck this year!