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Athletes with IEPs

EUgirlEUgirl 9 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12 New Member
Our son has multiple learning disabilities monitored since kindergarten. He has an IEP (individual education plan). He is passing all regular curriculum but it has been a struggle. I am starting to investigate disability centers at different colleges. He is a football player. Any experience with athletes with IEPs? Thank you.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 21930 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 21,944 Senior Member
    IEP will end with high school graduation. You may be able to continue some of the same supports, but you will need to arrange that and some schools may not offer the same supports he's been getting in high school. If they do not cost the school anything, like sitting in the front row, extra time on exams, priority registration (which he'll get from football anyway), tutoring that is available to all students (football also provides), etc. Some will provide note takers or note transcribers.

    What are you looking for?

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  • EUgirlEUgirl 9 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Thank you. I am trying to get educated . Our older child just got admitted and will play D1 college / different sport. Our in coming 9th grader 6’5 220lbs is playing both football and basketball. I know I can get accommodations for his ACT/SAT. But also I have heard about disability centers. But have no idea how these operate in college.
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  • txstellatxstella 1061 replies4 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,065 Senior Member
    The University of Arizona has the SALT Center. I’ve also heard that Colorado State is accommodating for kids with LDs.
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  • EUgirlEUgirl 9 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Thank you.
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  • CorralenoCorraleno 139 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    As an athlete he's likely to get free tutoring and priority registration anyway, and will likely have a certain number of hours of mandatory "study table" each week. Accommodations like extra time on tests, testing in a quiet space (not the classroom), being allowed to type test answers on a computer vs hand writing them, and even use of a notetaker or scribe, may be available through the college's Disability Office. But the student needs to be proactive about (1) registering with the office and (2) staying on top of the requirements to get the needed accommodations. Examples of the latter would be contacting each prof each semester, providing them with a letter from the Disability Office spelling out what accommodations he qualifies for, filling out any necessary forms (e.g. giving Disability a list of test dates for the semester, so they can arrange for the student to take them at the Disability Center with extended time), and following up that the tests have been received at Disability a day or two before the scheduled date.

    Unfortunately, if executive function issues are part of your son's LDs, then staying on top of those requirements may be an issue in itself, and there's not always much help for that. My son's school has "academic coaches" that students can meet with for free, but they did not help with EF stuff. I did a LOT of reminding last year, and even then my son missed a few deadlines. Luckily both the Disability staff and his profs were sympathetic and he was able to make alternative arrangements when he needed them.
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3333 replies48 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,381 Senior Member
    Each college will typically have its own disability office. They will review the paperwork and make a decision on what reasonable accommodations are permissible. Typically the accommodations that are offered in high school will also generally apply in college. But each college is different.

    Whatever you do, don't mention any of this to the admissions office. Communication with the disability office is protected by privacy laws. You don't even have to divulge this to the coach.
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