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.

SecondaryPost-secondary
Students' rights covered under IDEAStudents' rights covered under ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
District responsible for providing evaluationStudent 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 PlanStudent responsible to self-disclose disability and request accommodations
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) created by team approachNo individual plan. Educational plan created by student and Disability Services staff
District must prove plan is appropriateStudent responsible to notify Disability Services if there are problems
Curriculum can be fundamentally alteredCurriculum content cannot be altered
Parents actively involvedParents have access to information only with student's consent