The Road to Access is the path that students typically take to receive accommodations at the Disability Access Center.
Accommodations don’t end when you graduate High School. Learn the Key differences between High School and College.
Major Differences Between High School & College Disability Services
The transition to college can be a challenging one for all students, but can present extra transitions for students with disabilities.
Student Initiates Services
Often in high school, a teacher is made aware to having a student with a disability prior to the beginning of a class so he or she knows what to provide the student. In college, disability identification is considered private information, and legally, the only person who is able to disclose that information to anyone is the student, so it is important that the student is proactive in communicating as soon as possible with professors and/or the appropriate university offices if an accommodation is needed to be successful. Nothing will be done for the student unless he or she initiates the process.
While an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be useful in providing background information for what has worked previously, the accommodations may not transfer over directly. Many accommodations do transfer, however, so the student should discuss with the Disability Services provider in order to find out what is available at the university level.
Choosing Your Own Schedule
Probably the biggest difference between high school and college is the fluidity of schedules. The student will no longer be going to school all day and will be able to work with their academic advisor to pick a schedule with days and times that work for them, so the student should take any disability considerations into account when planning their schedule (i.e. Do you need extra time to get between classes or break to eat? Do you do better in the morning, afternoon, or evening in regards to your disability? Will you need certain days free for therapy or other appointments?
Syllabi and Extra Time on Assignments
In college, professors give you access to nearly everything, including the schedule of assignments for an entire semester. This should allow you to plan ahead when completing assignments so that you have plenty of time to get any necessary assistance you need and finish. For this reason, extra time on assignments that are not in class assignments may not be permitted as an accommodation.
While you may be occasionally reminded to pick up your accommodation letters or other pieces of information, tasks such as scheduling exams with the Student Success Center, submitting your class schedule for interpreters and adapted texts, etc. are your responsibility. Feel free to always ask for help, but do not expect others to do things for you.