Transition to Post-Secondary Education

Disability Services coordinates accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Its main purpose is to provide reasonable academic accommodations and to assure access to programs and activities that promote a supportive learning environment while enabling students to achieve their educational objectives.

Students and parents should be aware of how these services may vary from their high school experiences. The following chart identifies the primary differences in student rights and responsibilities between secondary and post-secondary education.

Secondary Post-secondary
Students' rights covered under IDEA Students' rights covered under ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
District responsible for providing evaluation Student responsible for submitting documentation
Evaluation - children scale (i.e., WISC) Evaluation - adult scale (i.e., WAIS-III or WAIS-IV)
District responsible for implementation of Individualized Education Plan Student responsible to self-disclose disability and request accommodations
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) created by team approach No individual plan. Educational plan created by student and Disability Services staff
District must prove plan is appropriate Student responsible to notify Disability Services if there are problems
Curriculum can be fundamentally altered Curriculum content cannot be altered
Parents actively involved Parents have access to information only with student's consent

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