Transitioning from High School

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.

To further understand the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities, please review the PowerPoint: What Students Need to Know, or review the What Students Need to Know Transcript

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.

Online Resources

Below are several links and resources addressing the many topics prospective students need to understand so that they may access appropriate accommodations.