In high school, an IEP team, often without input from the student, determines accommodations and academic adjustments for students with disabilities. In college, students play a large role in determining accommodations and adjustments. Students should schedule an interview with the Director or Assistant Director of Disability Services to discuss the types of functional limitations they experienced in secondary school as well as those they anticipate in college. The summer prior to the first semester is often a good time to schedule this interview. The discussion during this interview should include thoughtful consideration about how a student will access all courses, programs, services, and activities offered by the college.
Please complete the Student Information Form prior to scheduling an interview. This completed form in conjunction with an interview often provides a wealth of information regarding appropriate accommodations and adjustments in the college setting. You may also submit existing documentation such as an IEP, psycho-educational evaluation, or information from your treating healthcare professional. Under ADAA, colleges may require additional external sources of information to further understand the functional limitations of the condition and help make informed decisions about reasonable accommodations. Decisions regarding the need for external sources of documentation can be made during the interview. Please be advised Colleges, Universities, and testing entities such as GRE’s, LSAT’s, and MCAT’s all have processes for determining accommodations; students may need additional documentation to meet requirements of other agencies.