Parents

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The transition from high school to the university setting is an exciting time for students and their families. With the support of parents, this change creates an opportunity for students to take on the role of self-advocate and can lead to a successful transition into adulthood as students learn to absorb these new responsibilities. Below are common questions our office receives regarding the parent role:

  • Encourage your student to have a thorough understanding of the impact of disability on various aspects of life, including academics.

  • Coach your student to take charge of their education by role playing what a conversation between a CU staff member and a student might look like.  By the time your student arrives on campus they should be prepared to conduct these conversations on their own.

  • While K-12 laws and regulations surrounding disability guarantees success, the university setting provides equal access.

  • Accommodations are determined on an individual basis and are based on the student’s requests, self-report, and medical documentation. Some accommodations that were granted in high school may not be reasonable in the university setting. 

  • More information on documentation guidelines.

  • While a release may be signed by your student, it is our aim at Disability Services to communicate directly with your student in accommodation related matters. 

  • Your student may decide to sign a Disability Services Release of Information form. 

  • Please visit the Registrar's website for more information about university-related student confidentiality rights, laws, and regulations.