The transition to college can sometimes be as difficult for the parents as it can be for the student. One of the biggest challenges in this is that the responsibility for success shifts to the student. Many parents, especially those who have sons or daughters with disabilities, are used to playing an active role in securing the necessary resources for their students to be successful. College, however, is a time when the student is given the chance to learn to self-advocate and to assume responsibility.
Supporting your Student
Even though your student will be responsible for self-advocating, you can offer support in a number of ways.
One way is to make sure that you know the rights and responsibilities the student has under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and ensure that your student knows them. See the CLASS Disability Law page for some information about these laws.
Another way you can help your student be successful is to make sure that your son or daughter has all of the documentation necessary for them to receive services. See the CLASS Documentation Policy for more information.
In addition, you can help your student learn to understand and articulate the impact of his or her particular disability. Once the term begins, you can ask them questions about their performance and the services they are accessing. If you sense that they are struggling, ask them about it and work with them to determine the steps they need to take to get help.
The most important way you can support the growth of your student, however, is to let them assume responsibility for their own education. Otherwise, how will they ever learn these responsibilities?
Resources for Parents
How is College Different from High School?
CLASS Student Handbook
All of the policies and procedures your student will be expected to adhere to.
Privacy and Parents of CLASS students
CLASS’s policy on communicating with the parents of CLASS students.
What we do in CLASS
Our model of service along with an overview of what Disability Specialists can help your student with.
What increases the likelihood of academic success?
Alumni and Parent Relations
Join the Parent Relations Association and find out about other ways you can get involved with the Augsburg Community. They also publish the Parent guide which covers many of the questions you may have about Augsburg College.
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