ERIC Number: ED466065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs. Parent Brief.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Minneapolis, MN.; PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
This information brief discusses the parental role in supporting a postsecondary student with a disability. It stresses that parents continue to be important role models and guides for their young adult sons and daughters and that parents may be a key part of the support network students with disabilities need to succeed in the postsecondary environment. The first part of the brief describes the mentoring role parents of young adults with disabilities must play. It urges parents to do all they can to reinforce their faith in their child's ability to manage life at school. The second part of the brief explores parents' role as advocates for their children. Parents of students with disabilities who are concerned about their child's educational program or academic accommodations are told to draw on their experience as special education advocates, but to remember that young adults of legal age are responsible for making their own decisions. The brief closes by urging parents to review resources on parenting developed specifically for parents of children with disabilities. A list of resources for parents is included. (CR)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, College Environment, College Students, Disabilities, Higher Education, Mentors, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parenting Skills, Student College Relationship
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($2). Tel: 612-624-2097; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://ici.umn.edu/ncset/publications/parent/mar02.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Minneapolis, MN.; PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.