Tips for parents and students:

  1. Review parent and student rights: Understanding what your rights are when you graduate from high school and continue on to postsecondary employment or education is essential. Useful websites and resources for better understanding the rights of students and parents are provided.
  2. Create a portfolio of important information: While you are at college, it is important to have information available that you will use on a daily basis or in case of emergencies. Listed are some things that would be helpful to include in a portfolio. The completed portfolio can than be put into your resource binder, so you will always have it at your fingertips.
  3. Decide how and who you will disclose disability to: Given the change in law when you attend postsecondary education, it is not necessary to disclose your specific disability to college staff, such as professors, but necessary to discuss with disability services. Provided are resources that assist you in deciding how you will tell others about your disability, as well as who you will tell.
  4. Begin to get used to your new surroundings: It is important to have time to practice acclimating to your new environment. Included are some tips about important places to locate as well as campus facilities you should be familiar with.
  5. Create a binder of useful resources: In order to have all the important information you will need or want at your fingertips, it is recommended that you create a binder of useful resources. Here is a list of things you may want to include in your binder.