Differences Between High School and College Accommodations

Changes in Services from High School to College:

Students with disabilities will find that there are significant differences in how issues related to disability accommodations are handled in college as compared to their high schools.  The major shift takes place in the area of independence.  Students are expected to be responsible for and rely on their own self-advocacy skills to obtain accommodations in college. Below is a list of basic changes in services.

In College:

a) The rights of students are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) NO LONGER APPLIES.                                                                                 

b) Students may find their accommodations in college to be different than the accommodations they were eligible for in high school, even if the learning situation is  otherwise unchanged.                         

c) Colleges are not required to make substantial and fundamental alterations to curricula as part of disability accommodations.                                                                       

d) College personnel expect to work with students rather than parents.  Laws governing confidentiality make communications with parents more restrictive.

Students with Disabilities are Responsible for:

a) Identifying themselves directly to the Disability Services Office if they wish to receive accommodations.

b) After receiving the disability accommodations, notifying the professors of the approved accommodations in a timely manner.

c) Notifying the Disability Services Office of any difficulties they may experience securing accommodations.

d) Monitor and take responsibility for their own academic work and progress. No one pushes the student to attend class, do homework or follow a schedule.