Self-advocacy is important for college students with disabilities

10/31/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Unlike K-12 schools, colleges and universities are not required to identify students with disabilities but instead rely on students to notify disability services and seek accommodations. Colleges expect that students will work with disability officers and professors to determine the necessary accommodations. "Transition to college can be very difficult for these students, so being a self-advocate is huge," said Karmen Ten Napel, a disabilities specialist at Morningside College.

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