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Disability Services: Information for Parents and Guardians

The transition to college can be rewarding and challenging for you and your student.  With regards to the challenges, it is important to keep in mind that in a few years your student will earn a college degree.  As a higher education professional, I have observed high school seniors growing into mature, successful college graduates.  This process is not easy and your student will frequently ask you for help, guidance, and support.  Fortunately, Albright offers an array of academic and support services for students, through a variety of campus departments.

Some students with disabilities are often reluctant to request support or accommodations.  Many students tell me that they don’t want to be labeled again and that they want to try things on their own at first. If your student is reluctant to receive accommodations, please ask them to speak to me.  Students often feel relieved when they learn that receiving accommodations in college is vastly different from their IEPs and 504s.  For example, students with disabilities are not required to take specific courses or go to a resource room.  Students pick up an Academic Accommodation Letter (AAL) and choose to provide that letter to their professors. They choose how often to use their accommodations.

Students with disabilities, like all students, face an increase in their freedoms and responsibilities.  I am happy to meet with incoming or current students, answer questions, and provide guidance.  I will partner with your student and teach them how to self advocate and navigate academic accommodations in college.  However, your student is the primary communicator and person responsible for ensuring they receive support, guidance, and all the resources that Albright offers. The process starts with your student self-identifying and sharing appropriate and confidential documentation with Disability Services.

If you are interested in learning more about students with disabilities and their transition from high school to college, please read the transition guide from the department of education.  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html.

Please encourage your student to make an appointment to meet with me.

Contact Information:
Yuriko Beaman, M.S.
Director of Disability Services
Albright College