Parents and families can support their student in their academic career by promoting independence and self-advocacy. Learn more about the accommodation process and how to best support your student below. 

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Understanding Disability Services

At the college level, students with disabilities are responsible for self-identifying and registering with the Disability Services (DS) office and for requesting and arranging the accommodations they need. Please review information about connecting with Disability Services and the documentation guidelines. If you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. Once your student is established at Meredith, we encourage you to talk directly with them.

Fostering Independence

Colleges and universities treat all students as legal adults with adult freedoms and responsibilities. DS emphasizes helping students develop personal responsibility, self-advocacy, and self-determination. Parents and families can support their student by reinforcing their sense of independence as they navigate the unfamiliar challenges of a college education. 

Understanding Laws and Policies

Legally, your role in your student’s education changed when they turned 18 years old. Distinctions are made among special-education laws governing K-12 education, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Additionally, colleges and universities are governed by federal laws concerning privacy, and higher education professionals cannot discuss your student with you without their written consent. Learn more about services for students with disabilities in high school versus college.

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Becoming Involved

Meredith College offers family members a number of opportunities for involvement.

Please Contact Us with any concerns or questions.