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College Success for Students With Disabilities: A Guide to Finding and…

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A good beginners resource, but if you have already been through the college transition with a disabled child, most of the information has already been learned through various outlets. ( )
  DanielleKorbinski | Nov 15, 2016 |
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Ingersoll provides an informative book that serves a good purpose. College students and their families already have a difficult time navigating the application and financial aid process. Students with disabilities can find it difficult to maintain and complete their studies if they don't seek help. When students do not self identity as having a disability, understanding their options becomes a struggle. This book is important and symbolic because it provides parents and students with a reference manual for the help that is available and how this help can be sought. The real-world stories offered as supplements to this book provide reasonable perspective regarding student difficulties in navigating the process of obtaining assistance. Ingersoll's book teaches students and parents that it is not only OK to self identify as having a disability, but amplifies the importance in doing so in order to obtain assistance. ( )
  henrycalphinjr | Oct 10, 2016 |
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this book is very helpful for the person with an LD starting college, or someone in high school making plans to enter college. It starts with the basics and ADA laws on disabilities, goes on to a description of the resources available for specific disabilities, has stories from students that have benefited from its contents, and then shares how to self advocate, lists support services and technology resources and finishes with testimonials from students.
  kaceeolsen | Sep 1, 2016 |
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This might have made a fine pamphlet, but it makes a repetitive, poorly written, poorly edited book. The basic message is simple; students with disabilities of any kind do have resources available at four-year colleges in the US, but they must self-advocate to receive support services.

As a disabilities advocate, I was galled to read such a misunderstanding of disabilities of many kinds in a book supposedly centered around serving those with disabilities. This ranged from simple editing issues (the constant capitalization of the word "autism," while not capitalizing "Deaf," for instance) to the much more egregious (such as referring to every student as having anxiety needing addressing, without acknowledgment that anxiety is in fact a distinct psychiatric disability in need of specific services).

Really this should have been made up into a booklet, rather than a full book. The chapters are repetitive and laid out an varying formats and orders. Almost every student profile ("testimonial") describes how students attempted to do without accommodations and failed miserably until they fully accessed them; the few which don't romanticize how ill students fought their medical problems to become heroes of determination. I really can't recommend this volume. I simply recommend that any student with a qualifying disability who is preparing for college does contact all the relevant service offices at colleges he or she is seriously considering and discuss what supports are available and how willing the student will be to make use of them. ( )
  LeesyLou | Aug 29, 2016 |
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