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Cystic Fibrosis: Accommodating for College

Cystic Fibrosis: Accommodating for College

Attending college is one of life's most important milestones for many people and a huge step in the direction of the future they want to build for themselves and their family. Having cystic fibrosis (CF) may certainly present many obstacles, but does not have to mean that academic goals and future dreams are unattainable. Albeit, adding college to a life with cystic fibrosis does present additional challenges to be met and obstacles to overcome.

Before attending college or university, it’s important to consider which special permissions will be necessary in addition to any additional services or accommodations from school to help reach academic goals while keeping health in tiptop condition. Some examples of accommodations include having a single dorm, or parking permissions that allow a spot closer to the college entrance. There are both federal and state laws put in place to protect the rights of individuals with health conditions and to ensure that adequate medical needs are met while attending a college.

Personal doctors, your CF team, or caseworkers should be able to inform you of where to turn to learn more information about what your rights are, which accommodations you might need (now and later), and how to work most effectively with your college.