Information for Parents of Students with Disabilities

How do the responsibilities of working with students with Higher Education institutions differ from those of high schools?

The responsibilities towards students with disabilities in Higher Education institutions are very different than high schools.  High schools are required under IDEA to identify the education 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 is not discriminated against.  The student is responsible for disclosing his or her disability to the institution.

 

What are the responsibilities of a student with a disability if he or she would like to receive accommodations?

A student with a disability is responsible for requesting accommodations through Counseling & Disability Services (CDS).  CDS will not seek students out.  A student with a disability is also responsible for providing acceptable documentation of his or her disability.

 

Can I request accommodations for my child?

All requests for accommodations must come directly from the student.

 

Can I speak with Counseling & Disability Services in regards to his or her situation?

As a young adult, the student may choose to have information about his or her case discussed with his or her parent(s) through signing a release.  The release cannot be a blanket release for the student’s entire college career.

 

Since the student is now in charge of his or her educational planning, what are some self-advocacy skills he or she should develop?

Students are strongly encouraged to develop these self-advocacy skills:

Understanding Your Disability:  A student should be able to articulate what his or her disability is.

Communicating Disability:  A student should also be able to describe how the disability limits him or her functionally.  A student should also be able to express some ways that he or she could be accommodated.

Being Proactive:  A student should provide acceptable documentation to CDS and request accommodations.  A student should learn to work collaboratively with professors to ensure his or her success with the accommodations.  A student should also be able to identify if his or her accommodations are not being met.

 

What is the impact of The Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education of 1990?

 The Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education of 1990 impacts the whole institution including activities, programs, and employment.  In regards to academics, the Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education 1990 required higher education institutions to provide reasonable accommodations for students.  For more information please go to http://www.ada.gov.

 

Does the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) apply to Higher Education?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law administered by the Office of Special Education Programs in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education.  This law does not apply to Higher Education. 

 

Does a student have to inform Midwestern State University that he or she has a disability?

A student with a disability does not have to disclose his or her disability to Midwestern State University.  Disclosure of a disability is on a voluntary basis.  However, a student will not receive accommodations unless he or she discloses this information.

 

Will a student’s admission to Midwestern State University be denied because he or she has a disability?

A student meeting the essential requirements for admission to Midwestern State University will not be denied admission solely on the basis of disability.

 

Does Counseling & Disability Services provide tutorial services?

CDS does not provide tutorial services.  Tutorial services must be obtained and funded privately.

 

Is there a charge for receiving accommodations from Counseling & Disability Services?

There is no charge for receiving accommodations from Counseling & Disability Services.

 


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