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
Information taken from http://gettingthemthere.com/special-circumstances/students-with-disabilities/
Please browse the websites below:
- SAT: Students with disabilities-The steps to receive test accommodations
- ACT: Services for students with disabilities
- Higher Education For Students With Disabilities -
*STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SEE THE HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ON COLLEGES AND FINANCIAL AID.