Parents: Welcome to the Access Center!
The Access Center is pleased and excited to work with you to make your student's transition to higher education as smooth as possible.
Going to college can be a significant transition for both the student and the family. For many students this is the first time they are separating from the family and moving towards independence. The Access Center is here to help students with disabilities and their families with this transition. Below are links to our new student procedures and documentation guidelines which describe how a student can register for services with the Access Center.
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA)
Because of The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), your experience as a parent or guardian will be different from the K-12 system. At the high school level, the relationship was between the school district and the parents; at the college level, the relationship is between the college and the student. Once your son or daughter enrolls in a post-secondary institution, whether they are 18 years old or not, they become the sole guardian of all records maintained by that institution. Your student may choose to fill out the Release of Information form (available below) so that you may be included in your student's affiliation with the Access Center. The release of information form may also be used to request documentation to be sent to the Access Center from your student's physician or previous school.
Notice: The Access Center staff is currently working remotely. For the time being, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond via email as quickly as possible. Our staff is currently conducting meetings via Zoom.
If you would like to visit once campus offices repopulate our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please call 509-335-3417 for an appointment so that an Access Center staff member can meet with you and answer any questions you may have.
Links You May Find Helpful
- Access Center New Student Procedures
- Documentation Guidelines
- Release of Information Authorization Form
- Transitioning from High School to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities
- Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
- FERPA General Guidance for Parents
- An Open Letter to Parents of Students with Disabilities About to Enter College - Jane Jarrow