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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Planning for College: Know your Rights (and Responsibilities)


By Colleen Brunetti

Having Pulmonary Hypertension can throw a few kinks in your plans, but it doesn’t mean things like college are now impossible. What it does mean is that you may have to do a little extra footwork to prepare for a major transition like college, or to adjust your current college experience to a new diagnosis.

There are many supports and legal rights put into place to support students with health related disabilities, and they fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under these two laws it is up to you if you want to report your health condition and request special supports, and it is the responsibility of the school to take certain steps to support these needs. But you have to know, and you have to ask.

The Federal Government has put together a very comprehensive guide on this topic, which can be found here: US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION




You may also find PHA’s other college planning resources helpful, found here: MAKE THE MOST OF COLLEGE WITH PH


Remember, PH doesn’t mean life stops. It means we adjust and find new ways to make things happen. Good luck with college!

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