Milestones Autism Resources
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Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Phone: (216) 464-7600
Expectations of independence. Most colleges expect students to communicate directly with their professors, teachers and college staff, and to be prepared to live independently (unless commuting from home) as well as handle their academics independently. This includes waking up, getting to class on time, handling daily living needs, and keeping track of assignments.
Disability services vary widely. While colleges are required to have some disability services, the breadth and depth of them vary. Some schools have more supportive services or partner with special programs that provide extensive support usually for an additional fee. Other schools, including the most selective academically, may provide limited disability services. Exploring what those differences are based on your needs is vital to finding the right match.
Colleges follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), not the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that high schools abide by. FERPA is a federal law that governs the privacy of student records and limits what can be shared with parents of students who are 18 or older without written permission from the student. This is a helpful comparison of ADA vs. IDEA from Eastern Oklahoma State University.
If you take regular medications, do you take them on time without someone reminding you at the proper time and dosages? Do you know how to refill your prescriptions?
If you are struggling with any of these skills, consider making them part of your IEP goals so your school works with you to achieve them.
Visit our article on Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination to find more resources and ways to prepare the student to be their own advocate.
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