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Differences Between High School and College Accommodative Services

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Student rights are protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

Under these laws, students are entitled to a free and appropriate public education.

These laws allow standards to be modified to ensure success.

Students are protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Students must maintain eligibility to the program standards of the college and must find their own funding to attend school. Standards are not fundamentally altered.

Students are guaranteed access, not success.

By law, schools identify students with disabilities through testing at no cost to parents.

Parents, teachers and other staff advocate for the student. Students may take a passive role in the process.

The student must self-identify the need for accommodations. Any necessary testing must be paid for by the student.

Students must be their own advocates. If a student chooses, information may be communicated to parents or staff with written consent.

Students may not need to study outside of class. Cramming is often an effective tool for studying.

Course requirements such as reading or writing assignments are often modified to ensure success.

Students should study 2-3 hours for each credit hour they are registered outside of class time to ensure good grades.

Students are required to write term papers and must meet the requirements of all courses.

Students are evaluated in a number of ways, including homework, attendance, quizzes and exams. Poor grades in one of these areas can be overcome by performing well in another area. Generally, course grades are based on quizzes, test, papers, and/or projects. While instructors would like to have students in class, attendance is not compulsory and makes up little to no percentage of the final grade.
Parents are allowed input in the student’s education and their participation is encouraged. Instructors and staff will speak to the student about any issues in education. The student is responsible for communicating with the parent.
Support and services are coordinated on behalf of the student and are centralized. Support is available, but students must seek services on their own.