You are probably accustomed to playing an active part in your student’s education. The changes in services and responsibility at the University level often take parents, families, and students by surprise.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.
Director of Accessibility and Health Promotion
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street
Theresa Hall 009
Baltimore, MD 21210
In college, the service model changes dramatically. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) do not exist at the collegiate level. There is no equivalent to the team approach to which you are likely accustomed.
A college student is an adult in the eyes of the law and is the only one who can initiate the accommodation process. We are here to help our students, and to write the accommodations necessary to make classes more accessible.
Please encourage your student to apply early, and then allow them to take responsibility to register with the office of Accessibility and Health Promotion.
As parents, you have helped your students get to this educational goal of attending college. Your role is still crucially important, but it is different at the college level.
Being proactive and accepting personal responsibility are keys to college success. After college, your student will have to articulate the nature of their disability and assert the right to accommodations in the workplace.
For legal, practical and developmental reasons, now is the time for your student to accept this responsibility and begin to self-advocate.