Welcome to College!
Independence = Responsibility
The transition from high school to college is an exciting experience for most students. For these students, this is an opportunity to become more independent, make their own choices, and be in charge of their own lives. However, with great independence comes great responsibility. For a student with a disability, this transition can be confusing and requires careful planning. The purpose of this webpage is to help with this planning by discussing differences between high school and college, the disability laws, the learning environment, academic accommodations, and tips for parents in helping their college-bound students transition into a new environment.
Disability & Education Laws
Americans with Disabilities Act
Colleges, public schools, and businesses are required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals solely because of a disability.
ADA Amendment of 2008
The 2008 amendment of the ADA clarifies some of the terminology of the ADA specifically defining who is covered by the ADA.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act forbids organizations and employers from excluding or denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. This law applies to all organizations and programs receiving federal funds including public schools and colleges.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
IDEA is a federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. It addresses the educational needs of children with disabilities from birth to age 21 or until high school graduation. IDEA DOES NOT APPLY TO COLLEGE.
Reasonable Accommodations Appropriate to Needs of Disability
* Enlarged Print / Braille
* Extended time for testing Tape record lectures
* Test reader / scribe
* Textbooks in electronic/audio format
* Provision of lecture notes
* ASL interpreter
* Accessible table / chair
* Assistive technology
Process to Obtain Accommodations
* Make an appointment with the Special Needs Office (SNO) as soon as possible.
* Bring appropriate documentation of disability to meeting with SNO.
* Complete an intake form.
* Request specific accommodations.
* Communicate your needs with your instructor.