Chatham University

PACE Center For Parents

As parents you have always been there for your children. You have done everything you could to help them succeed. Congratulations! They made it to college, and they wouldn't be here without you. Though it may not be easy, and it is normal and understandable that you are feeling concerned, it is time to take a step back. At this time in their lives, your children need support - not control. This is the time for your students to learn how to manage their own needs. Allow your students to take charge beginning with the first meeting with the PACE Center. This is an important step in learning to self-advocate. The students' new found independence coupled with your support, and help from the PACE center, will put your college student on the road to success!

High School College
Applicable Laws
I.D.E.A. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)- Focusses on SUCCESS A.D.A. (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)- Focusses on ACCESS
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
School provides evaluation at no cost to student Student must get evaluation at own expense
I.E.P. (Individualized Education Plan and/or 504 Plan 504 plan is not sufficient
Documentation focuses on determining whether student is eligible for services based on specific disability categories in I.D.E.A. Documentation must provide information on specific functional limitations, and demonstrate the need for specific accommodations
Student is identified by the school and is supported by parents and teachers Student must self-identify to the Office of Disability Services
Primary responsibility for arranging accommodations belongs to the school Primary responsibility for self-advocacy and arranging accommodations belongs to the student
Parental Role
Parent has access to student records and can participate in the accommodation process Parent does not have access to student records without student's written consent (See FERPA information)
Parent advocates for student Student advocates for self