What Role Can Parents Play

Welcome to the Tufts family. As a parent you may be concerned about your student's transition to Tufts and his or her access to all that Tufts offers. We are here to help with that transition.

The transition to college is a journey for both you and your student. You can expect some amazing changes to happen during your student's college years. The road to self-actualization happens with each step your student takes and with each challenge turned into opportunity.

High School/College Differences

There are a number of differences between high school and college that families should be aware of before starting college. The most important thing to know is that in college the student is expected to speak for their selves. That means meeting with staff from Student Accessibility Services to discuss their disability and accommodations, talking to their professors when they have a question or a problem and making and keeping appointments. There are other important differences too like the fact that in high school some of their work may have been modified.

In college, course assignments cannot be modified. Students with disabilities will be expected to learn all the information just like everyone else in the course. But, how they learn that information may be different. In college, students with disabilities can use accommodations to support their learning once they register with the Student Accessibility Services office. Accommodations might include things like using audio recorders to tape class discussions, reading an electronic version of a textbook or having more time to finish a test or quiz.

Here is a chart that highlights some of the key differences between high school and college:

High School
The Law IDEA provides supports for the student to do well in school. ADA assures that students with disabilities have the supports that they need in order to fulfill the same requirements as their peers. 
Professors/Faculty Teachers may adjust the material for students with disabilities. Professors will not change the material but they will provide students with the accommodations determined by SAS.
Advocacy School districts are responsible for evaluating students’ learning and reporting disability to teachers. Students must start conversation about their disability in order to acquire and use their accommodations. 
Parent Involvement Parent has access to student records and can advocate for their student.  Parent has no access to student records without student permission and it is up to the student to advocate for himself/ herself. 
Scheduling Classes meet daily, which means that students can have consistent contact with their teachers. Classes meet less frequently so students will see their instructors less frequently and must plan ahead to ask questions.
Extra Help Teachers make sure that students get extra help. Students must schedule time and determine how to get the extra help that they need.
Due Dates Teachers often remind students of assignments and due dates. Professors expect students to read the course syllabus. They do not remind them of upcoming due dates.