E. Remember that accommodations serve to give the student with a disability an equal chance to succeed (or fail), but not an unfair advantage. You will still be “doing it on your own,” even if you are receiving appropriate accommodations. The accommodations are simply the most effective and efficient tools to get the job done.
A. Be sure to see your disability service provider as early as possible to register for classes. Early or priority registration is often provided for students with disabilities to assure that they receive the approved accommodations. If you wait until the last minute to register, you may not get your accommodations in a timely manner. It does take time to locate and arrange for note takers, scribes, sign language interpreters, etc. and to notify your college teachers of your special accommodations. Do not expect that these things will happen automatically. You must initiate the action!
B. Buy your books early. Lines are long at the bookstore just before classes start. You will also need to provide information about your textbooks ahead of time if you require them in an alternate format such as Braille.
C. Meet with your course professors/instructors before classes begin. Since you will be discussing your accommodations with them anyway, you should also request a class syllabus in advance so that you can begin your textbook reading early and plan your study schedule. Professors/instructors are usually impressed with organized, diligent students.
D. Attend any orientation that may be held for college students, in general, and any special sessions for students with disabilities. The more information you have, the better prepared you will be to face a variety of tasks.
A. Although it may surprise both you and your family, you will be treated as an adult in higher education. If you are eighteen years of age or older, your records, by law, may not be shared without your written permission. That means that your professor/instructor or counselor may not speak about your grades, progress, or accommodations with your parents, spouse, friend, or anyone else without your permission in writing.
B. It is definitely wise to consult with and use the support and guidance of family and others who are close to you; however, you should be the main contact person with your counselors and professors/instructors. You may choose to invite your parents to talk to your counselors and professors/instructors along with you, but not instead of you. A responsible student is involved in his/her decision-making process.