CTY families sometimes wonder about the benefits of disclosing a disability to CTY programs staff. Ultimately, whether to disclose is a personal decision for each family and student. For some, fear of being treated differently leads to not wanting to share information about a disability. Others may doubt that the disability will be an issue in the program. Our experience shows, however, that disclosure often leads to direct and noticeable benefits in the student’s experience of the program. Therefore, we encourage all families and students to disclose as much information as is necessary to help support and ensure a positive and successful experience while at CTY.
At CTY, we view disability as one of many aspects of diversity that adds to the richness of the communities we build in our programs–not as an indication that the individual with the disability is in any way less capable than other students. We believe that every CTY student is unique and has particular needs and having a disability is simply one small part of their identity. When parents disclose information about a disability prior to the beginning of the program, CTY staff can better understand the child and meet that child’s needs.
Families and students are welcome to share as much information as they are comfortable with and as much as is necessary to support a request for accommodation or support. CTY Disability Services may request additional information or documentation.
When disclosing to CTY Disability Services, families will be asked about:
Families may be asked about:
Families who disclose a disability to CTY Disability Services can always contact the CTY Disability Services Administrator about any concerns that arise once a program is underway. Please also note that information is only shared with CTY programs staff associated with the particular program/course discussed. If a student participates in subsequent programs/courses, families must make contact again with CTY Disability Services to share or discuss relevant information for that particular program/course.
With parent/guardian consent, information shared about the summer programs student is passed to the site’s program manager and assistant program manager and to the academic counselor on site. The academic counselor contacts the family during the week before the program begins. Additionally, the academic counselor is the point person on site for both students and families. With the consent of the family and CTY Disability Services staff, the academic counselor on site will share information on a need-to-know basis with the staff members working closely with the student.
With parent/guardian consent, information about the CTY Online Programs student is shared with the relevant program manager and then with the student’s instructor. The student, parent/guardian, and instructor can communicate as needed regarding the implementation of any specific accommodations or support. After disclosing a disability, families also can always use CTY Disability Services as a resource throughout the program.
Information disclosed by a family attending a Family Academic Program will be shared with the Baltimore-based program coordinator. This individual will ensure the information is shared with relevant contacts at the host location as well as the CTY representative at the program.
If you would like to discuss whether it would be helpful for CTY staff working closely with your child to know about your child’s disability, feel free to contact CTY’s Disability Services Administrator, Melissa Kistler: 410-735-6206 or email@example.com. Information is confidential and will not be shared beyond the CTY Disability Services office without your consent.
“We are so grateful to CTY for providing an environment where our son can be adequately challenged academically and at the same time feel like an accepted part of a social group.”
Lisa M. , CTY Parent