When a student goes to college, parents face a major transition. One of the biggest challenges is making the shift from being a caretaker with some authority over your child's life to becoming a mentor and advocate who guides a young adult making his or her own decisions. When the student has a disability, the challenges become even more complex.
Colleges and universities treat all students as legal adults with adult freedoms and responsibilities. The Office of Disability Services emphasizes helping students develop personal responsibility, self-advocacy and self-determination. Parents can help their sons and daughters by reinforcing their sense of independence as they navigate the unfamiliar challenges of a university education.
At Mizzou the Office of Parent Relations serves as the primary liaison between the university and MU parents. Parent Relations develops programs and services that inform, educate and assist MU families. Visit the Parent Relations site to sign up for a newsletter, get tips, ask questions and stay up to date on what's happening at Mizzou. You also can call the toll-free parent assistance line at 888-631-1098.
It's important to understand that legally your role in your child's life changed when he or she became an adult. Distinctions are made among special-education laws governing K-12 education, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Additionally colleges and universities are governed by federal laws concerning privacy, and higher education professionals legally cannot discuss your son or daughter with you without the student's written consent. Learn more about confidentiality.
Published by the Office of Disability Services, a department of Student Affairs. Address: S5 Memorial Union, Columbia, MO 65211 Voice: 573-882-4696 | VP: 573-234-6662 | Fax: 573-884-5002 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.