New Hampshire gubanatorial candidate Mark Fernald was on campus yesterday. He's a progressive Democrat who favors full funding for both K-12 and higher education. I asked him what he thought about parents of college aged kids requesting "IEPs" (formally contracted accomodations) for their children who have "mental disabilities" (such as Asperger's or Autism). Understandably, Fernald said he hadn't thought of the issue at all. BUT HE SHOULD. There is a generation of parents who have adapted to the IEP process while dragging their kids through K-12. WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE KIDS NEXT??? Many will enter college and demand IEP-like accomodations and many will challenge colleges to provide special services. Will colleges agree to pay? Will they fight these parents in the courts? This is about to become a huge issue in post-secondary education, and no one is talking about it.
Once again, a radio blogger scoops the antiquated New York Times (kudos to Dave Winer).