College student self-advocacy

The most-viewed link from the Facebook page last month was a well-timed blog post from the US Dept of Education on self-advocacy by college students with disabilities.

Going to college is a huge transition for any student to make. You may know a few who are making the transition now or in the weeks ahead. Their emotions and nerves could be amped to an all-time high!

The challenges, in and out of the classroom, are even greater for students with autism, learning disabilities, or other differences.

Colleges are required by law to remove barriers impeding such students and to provide reasonable modifications to rules. However, it’s up to the student to know his or her rights and to advocate for the accommodations that will make academic success more attainable.

The article includes examples of accommodations, links to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network website, and a short video presentation by a bright high school senior who experienced severe neurologically-based symptoms triggered by the lighting in his math class. The school resisted accommodating him; an attorney educated him on his rights. Check out the video to learn the outcome!

Follow this link to read the post: Know It 2 Own It: Advocating for Your Rights on Campus.



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I've lived in the Inland Empire of Southern California since 1982. My profession involves maps and geography. I hope you find the blog useful, and wish you well....

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