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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. As a result, Delta College DSPS has created a summer bridge program called Transition for Academic Success is Key (TASK) to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their academic pursuits at Delta College.

TASK is summer bridge program designed for students who learn differently. It is a two-week learning community designed to assist 25 students as they transition from high school to college. The intensive orientation provided through TASK will help students build the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully achieve their academic goals at Delta College.Students will enroll in two one-unit courses: Learning Skills 72: Transition for Academic Success and Guidance 19: Introduction to College. Courses are scheduled to meet Monday through Thursday, June 8th--18th, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm; no Friday classes. Students with an IEP, 504 Plan, and/or Psych Evaluation are eligible to participate. Priority consideration will be given to five students from each of the following high school districts: Stockton, Lincoln, Lodi, Manteca, and Tracy. Students from other districts may be considered. Applications accepted beginning April 6, 2015, and until spaces are filled.

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 2015 DSPS Program & Services Powerpoint Presentation.



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5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, California 95207
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