Parent Advocate, Tracey Mayer will be offering up her writings to The Concussion Blog as a resource to the readers, especially the parents out there. As time allows she will be submitting posts for you to read. I truly hope that everyone gets a chance to read about concussions from yet another perspective. Thank you Tracey!
Although Drew knows the university setting is challenging, I think he sees it as a fresh start. Now that he is 18, he will have to advocate for himself even more, so it is very important that he fully understands his disability and what his needs will be. The strategies that have worked for him in high school may or may not work in college.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Drew’s original plan of study at ISU was the College of Business. Post-concussion, he can no longer handle the calculations and problem solving of high levels of math and science so he is looking at different career paths. He may also consider taking a reduced load of courses his first year to help with the transition.
His neurologist is preparing a letter for the Disabilities office, which outlines his medical disability of migraines, the cause of it, the impact on cognitive ability, limitations and recommendations for Drew. I sent her nurse a detailed letter to use as a guide, as we generally have to spell out exactly how the letters from the doctor should be written. Then we wait until the Disabilities office at ISU makes a decision about accommodations for Drew.
It is difficult to have the doctor’s letter focus only on Drew’s condition of migraines and not also address his cognitive issues, but we believe that he has a stronger case with this approach. If he is refused, he will have to approach it from a psych-educational viewpoint, which will require additional cognitive evaluations.
I will keep you posted on his progress…
Coming tomorrow will be the introduction of Drew Fernandez, Tracey’s son, as he writes for the first time.