In College

College means change.  YOU are now in the driver’s seat and responsible for your education.  In high school, your Teacher of the Deaf or another professional was responsible for speaking to your mainstream teachers about your accommodations and needs in the classroom.  In college, that task is all yours.  While you will work with the Disability Services team at your college or university to determine the accommodations that will help you succeed, it falls to you to inform your professors about your needs each semester.  Before you enroll, contact your school’s Disability Services department to create a written plan of the accommodations to which you will be entitled in every class.  Make sure it is in writing!  When you register for classes each semester, email all of your professors requesting a meeting to discuss your accommodations.  By being proactive and taking charge of your hearing loss, you demonstrate maturity and responsibility to your professors.  If a professor is unwilling or noncompliant, then it is appropriate to contact the Office of Disability Services for back-up support in enforcing your accommodation plan.  Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, once you are legally an adult, you have sole access to your academic records and must sign a release for your parents/guardians to have access as well.  Under FERPA, your disability records are stored separately from your academic transcript.

What obstacles will you encounter in college that you do not encounter in high school?

What accommodations are appropriate for college?

What accommodations do you need for the dorm?

What documents do you need to bring to “prove” your disability to the university?

Who will be responsible for informing the professors in college about my accommodations? (Coming Soon)

Why won’t the Disability Office talk to my parents? 

How do I inform my professors about my accommodations?

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