Covid-19 – An Open Letter to Parents

Elsewhere, at this  site, at the Parent Resources page, is the original letter, written by Jane Jarrow, a professional who has worked with students with disabilities at the college level for more than 30 years. Jarrow wrote this letter  as a parent – to other parents, as someone who shared all their anxieties about their child with a disability going off to college.

Jarrow recently reviewed the letter to determine if it still had relevance in this time of Covid-19. Everything in the letter remains true and useful, but it benefited from the addition of some information appropriate to this pandemic period. Just as disability service providers are facing a steep learning curve in doing what needs to be done to support students during the COVID-19 crisis, parents will face new challenges, as well.


Below is the COVID-19 version of that “Open Letter to Parents.”  To access the full letter, click on the image below.


Letter to Parents of SWD

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WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from thirty institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.