How You Can Help as a Parent
Communication Starts with the Student
DSS Office staff (as well as DigiPen staff and faculty) communicate primarily with students, even if that student signs a release form with the DSS Office. At the K-12 level, parents may have been the primary contacts for teachers and the school district in regard to their student(s), but at the postsecondary level, students are in charge of communication with faculty and staff.
The best way you can help your child be successful at DigiPen is to talk directly to them. If parents wish to discuss concerns about their students with the DSS Office, they are welcome to do so. However, the DSS Office will not share specific information regarding students unless the student requests the information be shared.
In addition, DigiPen faculty and staff, including the DSS Office, will not contact parents when students are having difficulty in class. Students are responsible for seeking assistance when they have issues with their academic progress.
Only students can request DSS accommodations. Parents cannot request accommodations for their students, and should instead encourage their student(s) to contact the DSS Office if they believe they need reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities.
Prospective students, current students, faculty, and staff are welcome to contact dss[at]digipen[dot]edu with any questions.
Kay Widmer, MS, LMHC
Director of Disability Support Services
Coordinator of Disability Support Services