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 Disability Support Programs & Services

Transition to College:

Attending college for the first time can be exciting, stressful, and unsettling for most students—often more so for those requiring academic accommodations. Students are not only entering a new, larger environment but must also learn to navigate campus services while assuming greater personal responsibility for academic success. Significant differences exist between K-12 and community colleges when it comes to serving students with disabilities. The information below describes what students may expect as they transition to college.

The transition from high school to community college can be exciting and a bit confusing for the student with a disability. There are many new procedures and rules to learn. There are also significant differences between the assistance and accommodations the student received in high school under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the services and accommodations the student may receive at the community college under Section 504 and The ADA. 

In the K-12 system:

1. The student is covered by Individuals with Disability Education Act.
2. The school district seeks out and identifies the student with a disability.
3. Evaluation for the disability is free.
4. The district develops the student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP).
5. The district ensures that the IEP is implemented and the goals are met.
6. The teacher advocates for the student.
7. Fundamental alterations are allowed to the:

  • Program of study graduation requirements
  • Instructional/testing methods

8. Personal services are provided.
9. Success is a right, rather than a responsibility.
10. Transportation to and from school is provided.

In the Community College system:

I. The student is covered by Title 5 Section 504 and ADA. The education is a priviledge not a right.
2. The student is responsible for providing appropriate documentation of the disability.
3. The student pays for the evaluation. Delta will provide Learning Disability evaluations for free.
4. The student identifies own needs and must request services.
5. The student is responsible for own goals and progress.
6. The student advocates for self.
7. Accommodations may not alter the fundamental nature of the course or instructional or testing method.
8. No personal services or transportation is provided.
9. There is no guarantee of educational success.

View differences between K-12 systems and college systems in PowerPoint or chart format.

CLICK HERE to view the Spring 2014 DSPS Program & Services Powerpoint Presentation.



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