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Preparing for College

Planning for success in college takes time and organization. Sometimes students face challenges with organization, time management, self-advocacy skills and daily living skills. Working with your son or daughter  at home with these skills will increase his or her chances for success in higher education.  

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Equal Access Versus Entitled Education

What are the differences between secondary and postsecondary disability laws?

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Secondary -   Success

Postsecondary -   Access

What is the intent of the law?

IDEA: To provide a free,   appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to students   with disabilities. 504: To ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a   disability is denied access to, benefits of, or is subjected to   discrimination in any program or activity provided by any public institution   or entity.

To ensure that no otherwise   qualified person with a disability will be denied access to, benefits of, or   is subjected to discrimination in any program or activity provided by any   public institution or entity.

Who is covered under the law?

All infants, children, and youth requiring special   education services until age 21 or graduation from high school.

All qualified individuals with disabilities who meet the   entry level criteria of the university and who can document the existence of   the disability as defined by the ADA.

Who is responsible for identifying and documenting the need?

School districts are responsible   for identification, evaluation, and planning educational services at no   expense to the parent or individual.

Students are responsible for   self-identification and for obtaining disability documentation from a   professional who is qualified to assess their particular disability. The   student, not the institution, assumes the cost of evaluation.

Who is responsible for initiating service delivery?

School districts are responsible for identifying students   with disabilities and providing special instruction, individualized   educations plans, and/or accommodations.

Students are responsible for notifying the Office of   Disabilities staff of their disability and of their need for accommodations.   Accommodations, not special education, are provided on a semester by semester   basis in order for students with disabilities to have equal access to the   institution’s programs, services, and activities.

 

(Modified from materials prepared by Kay McVey, PROJECT CONNECT, Henderson State University and the WNY Collegiate Consortium of Disability Advocates website