Frequently Asked Questions for Parents


  1. How can SJSU help my student with a disability?
  2. What roles do we as parents play in transition from High School to Postsecondary Education and/or Career?
  3. What Government Financial Benefits are available for adults with disabilities?
  4. How Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) apply to students with disabilities?

  1. How can SJSU help my student with a disability?

    The WorkAbility IV program can assist your eligible student in their pre-employment planning and job search.

    The Accessible Education Center (AEC) helps students with academic accommodation needs. The AEC can help you with any questions, and assist your student during their time at SJSU. You can contact them at (408) 924-6000.

  2. What roles do we as parents play in transition from High School to Postsecondary Education and/or Career?

    The most important role that parents have in transition is the gradual process of letting go, they have to be willing to take some risks and allow their students to experience frustration and failure so that they also have the chance to learn from their mistakes and become more competent adults. Encourage your student to take advantage of resources on campus early on by registering with the AEC and the Career Center.

  3. What Government Financial Benefits are available for adults with disabilities?

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Supplemental Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are federal programs that provide financial benefits to adults with disabilities who cannot fully support themselves financially. Individuals who are eligible for SSI are also eligible for medical benefits under Medicaid, and individuals receiving SSDI are eligible for Medicare. For more information visit the Social Security Department.

  4. How Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) apply to students with disabilities?

    The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act is in some ways a Bill of Rights for people with disabilities. The Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, and government functions. Students with disabilities should learn about the provisions of the ADA and be prepared to use its provisions, if necessary, to secure equal opportunity in their daily lives.