College Success for Students With Physical Disabilities

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"College Success for Students With Physical Disabilities" is a college planning guide for students with physical disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Students will learn about their rights under the laws governing education and disability, self-advocacy, choosing a college, how having a physical disability affects admissions testing, the increased responsibilities in college, and how to make sure they get everything they need. The book contains forms, checklists, interviews with other students, advice from college disability services
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Overview

"College Success for Students With Physical Disabilities" is a college planning guide for students with physical disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Students will learn about their rights under the laws governing education and disability, self-advocacy, choosing a college, how having a physical disability affects admissions testing, the increased responsibilities in college, and how to make sure they get everything they need. The book contains forms, checklists, interviews with other students, advice from college disability services personnel, and profiles of disability-friendly colleges across the United States.
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As the mother of a son with cerebral palsy and founder of the website, Disability Friendly Colleges, the author offers hard-won insight into planning for college, what to expect, finding a school, preparing for college life, academic achievement, and personal concerns and services in six well-organized chapters, each of which incorporates the first-hand experiences of four students with different disabilities.
VOYA - Jessica Miller
Following her own son's journey to find the college most able to fulfill his needs, freelance author Chris Tiedemann set out to write a book that would offer guidance specifically to physically disabled students interested in obtaining college degrees. Various chapters assist students and their families with college planning: determining the student's expectations for independent living, finding appropriate accommodations in campus living, and achieving academic success. Emphasis on the importance of students' self-advocacy skills is paramount through the text, as by law "once a student has graduated from high school and entered college, she is responsible for advocating for her own accommodations and services" (p. 29). Through the clear presentation of laws, typical college procedures, sample forms, and student interviews, high school students can begin to gather the information they need to search for the best college to suit their needs. This book is designed to guide students and, by extension, their families through the college hunt and the process of advocating for disability services. It contains short chapters that can be tackled one by one as students begin their college search. Each chapter not only presents factual information and sample timelines or forms, but also includes personal narratives from several disabled students and website resources to use for follow-up research. The author also includes a helpful glossary, several charts in each chapter, references, and an appendix of America's most disability-friendly colleges, though unfortunately there is no index. There are very few books written specifically to assist physically disabled students in their college search, and in comparison to Preparing Students With Disabilities For College Success: A Practical Guide To Transition Planning (Paul H. Brookes, 2010), this is a shorter, more accessible introduction that students may feel more comfortable using to approach their college plans. Reviewer: Jessica Miller
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593638610
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 800,098
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Wise Tiedemann's interest in physical disability-friendly colleges was sparked when her son, a student with cerebral palsy, began the college application process. Finding little information available, she created the popular website http://www.disabilityfriendlycolleges.com in 2009. Chris is a freelance writer and editor from Atlanta with 35 years of experience.
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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    This book is a great step-by-step, easy-to-read guide for anyone

    This book is a great step-by-step, easy-to-read guide for anyone who has a physical disability and is thinking about going to college or anyone with a child who has a physical disability and is thinking about going to college. Not only does the book literally take you step-by-step through the process of searching for and finding a college, but it also provides you with helpful resources, websites and forms to use along your way.

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