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Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities

Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities From High School to College

Based on the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.


High School


Student Success

Student success is more of a right but is not guaranteed.

Student success also not guaranteed but student is more responsible for their own success.

Documenting Disability

The district identifies the student’s disability and the parent, guardian and/or agency representative provides documentation of the student’s disability

The student provides appropriate documentation of their disability and specifies need for accommodation(s).

The disability verification must be current and any accommodations will be based on the student’s educational limitations.

Financial Responsibility for Evaluating Disability

The parent is responsible for the evaluation of the student’s disability

It is the student’s financial responsibility to take care of the evaluation of the disability

Identifying Educational Needs

The parent and the school work together to develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the student

The student identifies their own accommodation needs

Ensuring Goals are Met

The district/school/parent are responsible for implementing IEP and ensuring that goals are met

The student is responsible for their own goals and progress

Advocating for Student Needs

The parent, guardian, agency representative, and/or the student, advocate for educational accommodations.

The student advocates for his or her self.

Accommodation Allowances

Fundamental alterations are allowed to the:

  1. Program of study
  2. Graduation Requirements
  3. Instructional Methods

Fundamental alterations to the program of study are permitted, as identified on the 504 plan.

Accommodations may NOT alter the fundamental nature of degree applicable courses, degree requirements, or instructional methods.

Accommodations may NOT impose an undue burden on an institution.

Personal Services

Personal services, such as off-campus transportation personal attendant, nurse, are not provided for students by institution

Personal services are still the student’s responsibility. None are provided

Transportation to School

Transportation may be provided depending on Handicapping condition and institution.

No transportation provided.

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