Disability Support Services

Resources for Parents

College is a period of great change for students and their parents.  Below we have listed some books that may be helpful for you during this time of transition.  These books may provide some insight to help you prepare for some of the unique experiences and challenges your children may have during their college years.

General Topic Books

  • Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Me Money. Helen E. Johnson, and Christine Schelhas-Miller. ISBN 978-0-312-57364-5
  • The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life. Laura Kastner, Ph.D., and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D. ISBN 978-0-609-80806-1
  • Parenting College Freshman: Consulting for Adulthood. Dr. Linda Bips. ISBN 978-1-410-72051-1
  • Letting Go (Fifth Edition): A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years. ISBN 978-0-061-66573-8

Disability Specific Books

  • On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future For Your Adult Child with Learning Disabilities and ADHD: A Family Guide. Anne Ford and John-Richard Thompson. ISBN 978-1-557-04725-0
  • ADD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Urgent Questions. Patricia O. Quinn. ISBN 978-1-433-81131-9
  • Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. ISBN 978-1-938800-00-9
  • Succeeding in College with Asperger Syndrome. John Harper, Maria Lawlor, and Michael Fitzgerald. ISBN 978-1-84310-201-4
  • Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Sarita Freedman. ISBN 978-1-84310-917-4

Online Resources
  • Disability Rights Washington “DRW is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide.  Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities.  We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.”
  • Washington PAVE  “Washington PAVE is a parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for over 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals.”
  • Letter to Parents “An open letter to parents of students with disabilities about to enter college” from Jane Jarrow.


Initial contacts from parents are greatly appreciated, especially when negotiating the steps in submitting required documentation. Once the semester begins, however, we are unable to disclose student information to you without a Consent for Disclosure form signed by your son/daughter. For more information about confidentiality related to student educational records, please read PLU’s FERPA Policy Statement.

PLU’s Policy Statement

Students with disabilities have access to, participate in, and receive the benefit of any program or activity operated by PLU. PLU has zero tolerance for discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex or disability. Reasonable accommodation will be provided at no cost to the student on a case-by-case basis as recommended in the student’s documentation of a disability and as determined by the DSS director.