Prospective Students and Families

The post-secondary experience is not only unique for students with disabilities, but often affects parents as well. Numerous changes happen in a student's transition from high school to college, and parents often have many questions about the experiences that lie ahead for their sons or daughters.

Below are informative resources to help you and your student through the process of entering college.

  • Entering Loyola provides the information you need regarding the Admissions process.
  • Questions to Ask When Deciding on a CollegeQuestions to Ask when Deciding on a College  
  • Differences Between High School and College
  • Parents' Frequently Asked Questions

If your son or daughter used assistive technology in high school, the Assistive Technology page lists the technology resources available at Loyola along with links to other sites with free downloadable programs or information on their technology products that may be useful for college level work.

Check out the Organization and Information Resources page which includes links to a very helpful Office of Civil Rights publication on high school to college transition, along with a link to a humorous, but informative piece from the University of Montana, "Toto, I Have a Feeling We're Not in High School Anymore."

How to Arrange Academic Accommodations at Loyola

Once you are officially enrolled as a student at Loyola and you have a disability, you may be eligible to receive assistance (accommodations) to enable you to participate in all university functions the same as your peers. In order to receive accommodations, students must follow the process summarized below.

  1. Provide appropriate documentation to the Office for Accessible Education (OAE). Documentation forms available here.
  2. Meet with an OAE Representative each semester PRIOR to the need for requested accommodations.
  3. Identify in that meeting the courses for which accommodations are requested.
  4. Deliver accommodations letters provided by the OAE Representative to each instructor.
  5. Discuss classroom needs with the instructor..
  • Accommodations Timeline for New Freshmen

 Some common academic accommodations include:

  • alternate testing arrangements, such as extra time or quiet location
  • peer notetakers to provide a copy of class notes
  • textbooks in alternative formats such as a Word Doc or PDF that can be read aloud on a compute
  • sign language interpreters or real time captioning (CART) to access the classroom lectures.

For a more detailed description of the accommodations process, see our official Policies and Procedure Document.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office for assistance.