Macalester College strives to provide qualified students with disabilities equal access to courses, services, programs, job activities, and facilities available through the college. Although the transition from high school to college is a challenge for any student, college life may pose unique considerations for students with disabilities.  

As family members, it is important to understand the expectations of college to provide the best support for your student. Students need to become proficient in understanding their disability(ies), as well as their strengths, interests and preferences and how to navigate various systems independently.  Families are an important part of paving that way to independence and appropriate interdependence. 

We believe that in addition to accommodation provision, an important part of our role is an education for students with disabilities to learn about their unique disability impacts and self-advocacy as adult learners.