Transitioning To College
The transition from high school to college is an exciting and sometimes anxious time, especially for students with learning disabilities.
Recognizing and reviewing the differences between high school and college environments can make the process easier to navigate. Overall, college students are expected to rely on their own self-advocacy skills to obtain and utilize accommodations. We thought it helpful to outline some of the other differences between high school and college to prepare students for a smooth transition.
|In High School:||In College:|
|Legal guidance is provided by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).||Legal guidance is provided by the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Act (for housing accommodation requests).|
|The school is responsible for identifying students with disabilities.||The student must self-identify or disclose their disability.|
|The school must provide the assessment of disability, classify disability, and involve parents.||The student must provide documentation of their disability to the Office of Accessibility Services.|
|Teachers will remind students of assignment due dates and provide missed information when the student is absent.||Students are responsible for asking professors for help and for keeping track of their projects, assignments, and test dates.|
|Services include individually designed instruction, modifications, and accommodations based on the IEP.||Reasonable accommodations may be made to provide equal access and participation.|
|The parent is expected to advocate for the student.||The student is expected to advocate on their own behalf.|