Preparation for Disability Services in College


  • Make sure disability documentation is up to date; that it addresses the accommodations you will need, and then submit it to the college disability office prior to start of first term.
  • Understand and be able to articulate what your disability is and how it affects your learning.
  • Learn how to responsibly balance your time between study, work, and relaxation.
  • Learn to advocate for yourself while in high school.
  • Practice effective learning strategies: e.g. keep up with reading assignments, take understandable lecture notes for later use, review course materials regularly (not just before tests).
  • Get organized and start using a calendar/planner to manage time and assignments.
  • Find out what accommodations are available in college and start using them now.
  • Discuss with your high school or Dept. of Rehabilitation counselor all educational/career options.

Self-Advocacy Skills

  • Understand my disability and learn ways to compensate
  • Learn how to explain my disability and needs to others
  • Learn how to ask for appropriate accommodations
  • Learn that it is OK to use appropriate accommodations
  • Identify my strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn that it is OK to ask for help
  • Express my needs clearly to all college employees, especially the
  • ACCESS staff and my instructors, early in the term
  • Take responsibility and develop independence in coordinating your services
  • Meet with instructors when needed

College Survival Skills

  • Keep a calendar of all exam/assignment due dates and appointments
  • Plan on spending two to three hours of studying for every hour of class
  • Be on time to class, ask questions when needed, and participate!
  • Take notes in class and review them – often!
  • Complete all assignments on time – plan ahead!
  • Take advantage of services on campus to help you succeed such as tutoring or special classes
  • Arrange for needed accommodations early in the term
  • Visit the ACCESS office for assistance, questions, counseling, and class selection – we are here to help!
  • Plan time to eat, sleep and have some fun!
  • If trouble arises, seek assistance as soon as possible.
  • Watch "Improve Your Focus When Studying" video.