Transitioning from high school to college can be a complicated affair for students as they assume adult level responsibilities. For the student with a disability, it is even more complicated as the legal environment shifts from that of special education in high school to that of civil rights legislation at the college-level.
In high school students were entitled to specially designed curriculum. At the post-secondary level students need to:
- Qualify to attend the college,
- Declare their disability and need for accommodations, and provide documentation verifying their need,
- Meet the same academic standards as their non-disabled peers, with or without reasonable accommodation. All accommodations are determined on a case-by-case and course-by-course basis.
Placement Testing with Accommodations
If you have a disability and require special testing accommodations, contact the disability support services office, on the Jamestown Campus, 716.338.1251, or the Cattaraugus County Campus, 716.376.7544.
Read more about the placement test.
Below are several links and resources addressing the many topics prospective students need to understand so that they may access appropriate accommodations.
- The Office of Civil Rights downloadable brochure: "Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators"
- The Office of Civil Rights downloadable brochure: "Students with Disabilities…Know Your Rights"
- Another Office of Civil rights downloadable brochure: "Auxiliary Aids and Services for postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Higher Education's Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA"
- "Going to College-A Resource for Teens with Disabilities" from Virginia Commonwealth University—a fabulous interactive site
- "Effective College Planning," an online transition resource and workbook compiled by the WNY Collegiate Consortium of Disability Advocates