Office for Disability and Access

For Parents

The transition to college is an exciting and challenging time for any family. However, it can be particularly concerning for parents of a student with a disability.

One of the biggest changes when seeking disability accommodations in college (compared to K-12) is that the student needs to drive the process. We understand that this can be a difficult and overwhelming transition for students, parents, and support people so ODA is here to help support you and your student through the process. We encourage you to take a moment to discuss these changes with your student before arriving on campus.

We are always happy to have a meeting with both you and your student to discuss the transition to college and building self-advocacy. To schedule an informational appointment, please email or call us at (440) 775-5588

A guide to understanding the differences between High School and College

While Oberlin provides resources and services to support students with disabilities and their families, it also can be helpful for parents to receive information and guidance from other parents. 

Parent to Parent

A series of letters written to parents with college students with disabilities by parents of current and former college students with disabilities.  

Julia B. Osborn family 
Jane Jarrow, PhD