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ODS Student Fact Sheet

How is college different from high school?

Comparison of IDEA (K-12) v. ADA (College) laws

There are no IEPs in college

IDEA, ADA, IEPs, and Section 504 Plans: What Happens in College?

How do I know if college is the right choice for me at this time?

College Survival Skills: Tips for Students with Disabilities to Increase College Success

Student Rights

  • Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, and activities offered by the college;
  • Equal opportunity to work, learn, and receive accommodations, academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services;
  • Confidentiality of information regarding their disability as applicable laws allow;
  • Information available in accessible formats.



Student Responsibilities

  • Meet qualifications and maintain essential institutional standards for the programs, courses, services, and activities;
  • Self-identify disability status in a reasonable and timely manner;
  • Provide disability documentation from a qualified professional that reflects the student's current disability status, and how their disability limits participation in courses, programs, services, and activities;
  • Follow published procedures for obtaining academic adjustments, and/or auxiliary aids and services.


Suggestions for students

  • Some accommodations require extra time so it is imperative to self-identify and request accommodations as soon as possible;
  • Attend classes and follow instructions provided in the class syllabus concerning absences, emergency needs, or other information specific to class;
  • If possible, inform instructor ahead of time of any absences;
  • Contact other outside agencies for possible eligibility in additional services;
  • Arrange for personal attendants if needed, whether paid for by an agency or family (colleges are not required under ADA to provide personal attendants, tutors, or personal items such as hearing aids, prostheses, individually designed and fitted special extensions or wands for computer or other resource operation).
  • Students with disabilities should process their own college business i.e., admission, financial aid, registration, drop/add, refunds, etc.

More Student Resources on Postsecondary Disability Support Services