Parents of Students with Disabilities

The following information is provided to assist you as your son/daughter transitions from high school to college.

Guidelines for Documentation

Documentation must include:

  • Current Psycho-educational evaluation including a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement, information processing and a diagnosis OR a PASS approved diagnostic report for physical/psychiatric disabilities
  • Statement of limitations on academic performance in a university setting including medical history related to current medication use
  • Recommendations for academic accommodations at the post-secondary level
  • Documentation must be on official letterhead of professional with name, title, date and signature

IEP, 504 plans, and summary of performance are high school documents which should not be sent to the PASS Office. Accommodations are provided based on an assessment of the documentation by the Academic/Disabilities Coordinator, not on information from an IEP, 504 plan, or summary of performance. The PASS Office does not provide testing for the diagnosis or documentation of disabilities. If your local high school is sending documentation, please refer them to our documentation guidelines and requirements. Documentation may be sent directly to the PASS Office, MSC 9, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH 03264.

Accessing Services

All of the services and accommodations offered are part of a student’s tuition. The PASS Office is not a learning center. PASS does not offer a learning program or mentoring services. Your son/daughter does not have to apply to or be accepted to PASS. The process of working with PASS begins when your student makes an appointment to meet with an advisor. It is the responsibility of your son/daughter to not only inform us of their needs, but to access and fully utilize the services and accommodations that are available to them.

Accommodations

Accommodations are support and services to help the student access the general curriculum and validly demonstrate learning.

Accommodations do not fundamentally alter:

  • Expectations
  • Standards in instructional level
  • Content
  • Performance criteria

Your son/daughter must meet the course objectives and program standards required of all students. Modifications, which fundamentally alter expectations, standards in instructional level, content, and performance criteria, are not available.

Accommodations that may be provided include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Extended time on exams
  • Separate room for exams
  • Note-takers
  • Interpreters
  • Books on CD

The goal of accommodations is to provide equal access, not to guarantee success.

Reminders for Parents

  • Encourage your son/daughter to contact the PASS Office early in the semester
  • Appointments will be scheduled at the request of the student
  • Accommodations will be arranged at the request of the student
  • If you feel an accommodation or service would benefit your student, encourage them to meet with a PASS advisor