Special Education services at the high school often look very different from those at a university; therefore, it is crucial to educate students to self advocate in order to take advantage of resources that are available at the college or university level for students who have an IEP. Regardless of whether your child previously had an IEP or a 504 plan, the disability support services department at the university can provide support and benefits. If your child did have an IEP or 504 in the past, they should bring a copy of this from their high school. Students should visit the Disability Support Services Office prior to enrollment and registration. They can help discuss the student’s needs and the resources/accommodations that are available. They also are sometimes entitled to early registration to ensure they receive the appropriate classes.
Another important source of support includes a student’s professors. Students with an IEP should meet with their professors before the semester begins in order to share their accommodations, request assistive technology, and communicate their needs. This way the professor and student can work as a team to make sure the appropriate resources are provided and accommodations are made. Students should document what accommodations are working and what they may need in the future.