Resources for Family of Students with Disabilities

Parents of Columbia College students with disabilities are encouraged to set realistic expectations, understand their rights and know what resources are available.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights provides a guide on transitioning from high school to college .

Columbia College also provides information through the Student Accessibility Resources office.

Parents and students may experience typical issues during the first semester. 

  • Expect the workload to be much heavier in college than high school. Students should expect to complete hours of independent reading and note taking, group meetings, writing and research. Students with disabilities may need more time to complete these assignments.
  • In college, students may have large blocks of time off between classes. Students should develop a weekly schedule that includes both class time and additional study time for each class. This is especially important for students who have problems with organizational skills or focusing.
  • Students with disabilities who had excellent grades in high school may find their grades are not at that level the first semester of college. If mid-term grades are poor, encourage your student to seek help.
  • Students must give the Student Accessibility Resources office permission to talk to family members about their education by signing a Release of Information form.

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