Accommodations Process Transition from High School to College

Applicable Laws

High SchoolCollege
Special Education LawCivil Rights Law
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973  
IDEA is about SUCCESSADA is about ACCESS


Required Documentation

High SchoolCollege
IEP (Individalized Education Plan and/or 504 Plan)A high school IEP and/or 504 are not sufficient, ISU Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides specific documentation guidelines required for each category of disability
The high school provides evaluation at no cost to the studentThe student must obtain an evaluation
Documentation focuses on determining whether a student is eligible for services based on specific disability categories in IDEAAppropriate medical documentation must meet specific guidelines and include information regarding functional limitations and the need for specific accommodations


High SchoolCollege
Student is identified by the high school and is supported by parents and teachersStudent must self-identify to the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
The school is primarily responsible for arranging accommodationsThe student is responsible for self-advocacy and arranging accommodations with faculty
Teachers approach students they believe may be in need of assistance

Faculty members are open and helpful, but expect you to initiate contact if you need assistance

Parental Role

High SchoolCollege
Parents have access to student records and may participate in the accommodation processParents do not have access to student records without the student's written consent
Parents advocate for studentStudent advocates for self



High SchoolCollege
Teachers may modify curriculum and/or alter the pace of assignmentsFaculty are not required to modify curriculum design or alter assignment deadlines


Grades and Tests

High SchoolCollege
IEP or 504 plan may include fundamental modification to the program, assignments, test format, and/or gradingFundamental modifications to the program, assignments, test format, and/or grading are generally unavailable, accommodations may not alter the fundamental nature of the course or impose an undue burden on the institution
Makeup work/tests are often availableMakeup work/tests are seldom available; if they are, they are at the faculty's discression
Teachers often remind students of assignments, exams, and due datesFaculty expect students to read, save, and consult the course syllabus


Study Responsibilites

High SchoolCollege
Tutoring and study support may be a service provided as part of IEP or 504 planTutoring does not fall under Student Accessibility Services (SAS), students with disabilites must apply for tutoring via Tutoring Services
Student study time and assignment completion are structured by othersStudent must manage own time and complete assignments independently
Time required to study outside of class may be limitedTime required to study outside of class will be at least 3 hours for each hour spent in class