College Accommodations for Special Education Students Episode 60 of Transition Tuesday


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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 11% of people in college have a disability. It is important for educators and students to understand their rights as they move forward in their transition to adult life.

Here is a brief summary of some of the general rights of the student, which is also explained in more detail in Transition Tuesday Episode 19:

• When the student graduates or leaves public education, they are no longer covered under IDEA.
• The young adult may be covered under ADA and/or Section 504 which apply to any that receives any federal funding.
• It is important to note that ADA does not apply to private institutions controlled by religious groups.
• The student must qualify under Section 504 to receive benefits.

In this episode, we also discuss reasonable and common modifications and accommodations for students in public higher education institutions including:

• Priority registration
• Testing modifications (extended time, readers, testing in a separate room, and scribes)
• Interpreters
• Textbooks in alternative format
• Course substitutions
• Reduced course load extended time to complete degree requirements
• Housing accommodations

In order to receive accommodations and/or modifications, the student has several responsibilities which include registering as a person with a disability at the institution’s disability support services office, determining what documentation of the disability is required by the institution, and providing up-to-date documentation of their disability to the Disability Services Office at the Institution. Once the student has provided the required documentation, the student should discuss the accommodations/modifications that are needed with the disability services office coordinator. The student is also required to provide professors with a copy of the accommodations letter and discuss the accommodations with the instructor. As part of advocating for themselves, the student must also monitor accommodations and modifications to determine if changes are needed and then follow the appropriate steps as needed.

The institution also has responsibilities in this process including assessing the student’s requests for accommodations using the current disability documentation provided by the student, providing the student with a letter of the accommodations that the institution will provide if the student is eligible and will assist in communicating with their faculty about the accommodations. Also, the institution is required to follow confidentiality of all information pertaining to the student’s disability.

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