The short answer is to look at Disability Services at the same time you/your student considers any post-secondary institution. For a student with a medical, emotional, physical or learning challenge that impacts their life, the quality of the Disability Services at the community college or university might be the difference between success or failure.
Your successful high school student might “flunk out” after the first semester or struggle with poor grades through multiple semesters without accommodations. The staff at the Disability Services Center will be an important part of the student’s experience at the post-secondary level. At the majority of institutions, Disability Services are free.
When arranging to visit colleges for a tour, be certain to make an appointment to visit with Disability Services. Some questions to ask yourself:
Unlike the K-12 setting in which parents are obtaining and monitoring services for students, after grade 12, the student is in charge of applying for services, seeking help and staying in contact with the Disability Services. During a college visit, here are examples of what the student might say during a visit to the Disability Services office:
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