College/Vocational School


Students with disabilities can, and should, set a goal for postsecondary education; with the right resources and academic plan, students with physical, mental, and learning disabilities can absolutely succeed in college! The key is to match a student’s needs and interests with a school or program that will provide appropriate support while that student works toward his/her goal. This process involves a lot of research and planning, so this mini-section is meant to give you and your family the resources you’ll need.

Understand the differences between high school accommodations and those in college.

Secondary (high school) Post-secondary (college)
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)
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

Source: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Disability Services

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 App to help with college transfers (PDF 219 KB)

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