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As the mother of a son with cerebral palsy and founder of the website, Disability Friendly Colleges, the author offers hard-won insight into planning for college, what to expect, finding a school, preparing for college life, academic achievement, and personal concerns and services in six well-organized chapters, each of which incorporates the first-hand experiences of four students with different disabilities.

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Chris Wise Tiedemann's interest in physical disability-friendly colleges was sparked when her son, a student with cerebral palsy, began the college application process. Finding little information available, she created the popular website in 2009. Chris is a freelance writer and editor from Atlanta with 35 years of experience.

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  • Series: College Success for Students
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press; 1 edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593638612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593638610
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on October 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of important information in easy to read material explained in detail at the begining of this book.

A detailed plan preparing prospective college students for a transition to the necessary self-advocacy (if they are not already doing it) is even provided in the text. This material is not just useful reading for people specifically with physical disabilities. It is also useful for any prospective college student with a disability--regardless of disability. Their family also could benefit from the text, it explains what role they can take during the transition process in high school, and how this role ends at college.

But all of this GREAT work gets undercut with unecessary blurbs about 'disability friendly' colleges.

Seemingly forgetting their own earlier material about legal rights/responsibilities and self-advocacy, the author tries to convince the newly-minted self advocates that they will only be able to consider certain colleges around the country if they have disabilities. They even forget that these colleges don't provide personal attendants for care, and the student would have to work with vocational rehabilitation for necessary personal care services.

It then felt like a different book--or two texts were melded together. I did not know what they were trying to prove. Colleges covered by ADA/504 don't have an option if they want to be 'friendly' to a paying student. They do have certain laws which they have to follow. And these laws can't do the same thing as special education.

I hope that a future edition excises the confusing information about colleges. Go back to the legal social information. Keep it clear for the audiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on July 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
"College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities" provides parents and students with physical disabilities a much-needed guide to help students transition from high school to college. This easy-to-read handbook provides information on important legal rights, responsibilities of the college and student, helpful points to consider, a wealth of resources, and the perspective of current students in the form of interviews. Students are also given information on the general process of how to request accommodations in college and what those accommodations may or may not look like. In addition to the resources at the end of each chapter, the appendix includes a listing of full-service colleges and colleges that provide past the minimum requirements put forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This book follows a linear progression from planning to succeed in college while still in high school, to what to expect, how to conduct a search for a college, and then through to academic success. Throughout the book, the importance of planning early and personal responsibility are reiterated. Personal responsibility is examined both from an academic and personal care perspective. Any student with physical disabilities, especially those still in the planning stages of college, and their parents could benefit from this clear guide as to how to transition smoothly from the high school setting to the college setting.
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College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities is a great book for anyone with a disability that would like to attend college. Tiedemann offers tips for students beginning with the steps to take while the student is still in high school. The book emphasizes that the family begins planning while the student is in the teen years, and encourages the student to become a self-advocate. Four students offer their own experiences in college planning and attending their college.
I wish I had had a handbook like this while I was a student in college. What a great reference for students with disabilities!
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