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)
|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
Information taken from http://gettingthemthere.com/special-circumstances/students-with-disabilities/
Please browse the websites below:
*STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SEE THE HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ON COLLEGES AND FINANCIAL AID.
App to help with college transfers (PDF 219 KB)