Postsecondary Academics

Stop Shutting Families Out of the Process

Students don't suddenly become able to communicate and plan well just because they turn 18, or just because they finish high school. Postsecondary schools need to find a path through the legal jungle to allow parents (or other advocates) to participate in planning courses, registering, planning and implementing accommodations, asking questions, etc. It is always said that the college student who needs disability services ...more »

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Understand the disability

Young people with mental illnesses such as anxiety may not be capable of going to disability services to ask for help because of the very nature of their disability. Requiring these young people to advocate for themselves when they are not capable of doing so is like asking a young person in a wheelchair to climb the stairs to get to the disability services office.

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Physical and Emotional Well-Being

Peer Mentors

Peer mentoring for college experience sounds great! As other Parents have stated, loneliness is a major factor with disabled students. How does one acquire a peer mentor? Through the disability services office? What are their qualifications? How much do you pay them?

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Physical and Emotional Well-Being

Disability Service support for Social & Independent Living Skill

A specific idea- College Disability Services working with students to manage and support in the area of independent living and social skills. I found that a majority support in classroom and academic areas as they expect the student to be well prepared when entering college in the independent living areas of their life

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Postsecondary Academics

Better Coordination

coordinate better with high schools as studnts transition form highschool to post secondary education

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transportation

My husband and I provide transportation to and from the university for my son, who is unable to drive because of his disability. He is limited to taking classes on specific days and during a few short hours due to our work schedules. If the university or social service agencies were to assist with transportation iin some way, it would enable my son to have more flexibility in his class schedules, and possibly allow ...more »

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Scholarships for Part-time Students

Neither of our children is eligible for scholarships because they cannot take classes full time. Our son takes two classes a semester. If he were to take more, I would need to quit my job to provide additional transportation and support, plus we'd need to hire additional tutors. My daughter just tries to do too much and becomes overloaded. Many students with disabilities like ours have to take lighter loads, I'd like ...more »

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Campus Housing

My son attends a non-residential community college. He was crushed when he realized that he would not have the opportunity to live in a dorm. While I'm not sure dorm life would be possible for him, I would love to see him be able to learn some independent living skills while on campus for a summer program. Maybe for 3-4 weeks? I'd like to see universities (that may have empty dorms or apartments) offer short-term, supported ...more »

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Building Self- Determination

Start in high school

Secondary educators need to maintain the same high expectations for students with disabilities as they have for other students. This is not happening.

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Preparing for Employment

Job Supports While in College

Currently, VR clients must choose between an employment or postsecondary "track." In Indiana that means that students on the postsecondary track are not allowed career development or job coaching or other supports because it would be considered double dipping. It's essential that postsecondary students with disabilities have the opportunity to explore employment in part-time jobs, other work experiences or internships ...more »

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Ongoing parent workshops or information sessions?

Many families would like to play an active role in supporting their student with a disability in postsecondary education. However, families may not know how to best support their youth's academic and social/emotional success in a way that is appropriate for the college setting or that still promotes self-determination. Would ongoing parent information sessions held by the college be useful? If so, what would this look ...more »

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Building Self- Determination

Self-determination supports should start in HS

I thought that my son's father and I had done a good job of fostering independence in our son with an intellectual disability. However, I found when he started his post-secondary program at University of Delaware that we had unwittingly been making many decisions FOR him rather than WITH him. I would love to see more self-determination efforts built into IDEA and IEPs to provide more guidance to both schools and parents ...more »

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