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Disability Resources for Family

Welcome to Disability Resources for Families

The University is an unfamiliar world for many families, and when a son or daughter has a disability, additional questions and concerns arise. This page answers some parent FAQs and help you explore differences between disability accommodations/services in a post-secondary environment and those in the K-12 school system.

What college students really need

The best gift parents can give their college-age daughters and sons is self-determination. By this, we mean teaching young adults to understand their disability, develop self-advocacy skills, and make thoughtful choices as they learn to manage their lives. These skills are of enormous value as students transition from high school to college to the workplace. A college student with a disability should be able to:

  • Describe their disability and its impact in academic settings
  • Schedule and keep appointments
  • Take any needed medications at prescribed times
  • Work with others to request and arrange their accommodations

Jane Jarrow, a nationally known disability specialist, who sent her own daughter (who has a disability) to college for the first time, wrote it this way:

If you are worried that your child with a disability will have a difficult time making a successful transition to college without your involvement… then you are probably right to be worried. Very few children with disabilities can succeed at the college level. On the other hand, students with disabilities survive and thrive on college campuses across the country. If you still think of your son or daughter as your "child," and they still are comfortable in accepting that role, it is time to take a careful look at where you have come from and what lies before you. As parents, it is time for us to step back and allow/encourage/gently nudge our SWD's (Students With Disabilities) to assume significant independent responsibility for their own lives, both academically and personally.

For the full text see:


Kirby Student Center


For more information, contact:

  1. Disability Resources

  2. 258 Kirby Student Center
  3. (218) 726-6130
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