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Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-secondary Education:. Know your Rights and Responsibilities. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire . . . William Butler Yeats. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 .

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Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-secondary Education:

Know your Rights and Responsibilities

Education is not the filling of a pail,

but the lighting of a fire . . .

William Butler Yeats

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

  • Any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance may not discriminate against any individual with a disability in the United States.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

  • Prohibits state and local governments from discriminating on the basis of disability

  • A public entity shall furnish appropriate aids and services where necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of a service, program or activity conducted by a public entity.

High Schools and Colleges are very different . . .

  • Law, processes, and procedures

  • Rights of parents

  • Learning locations

  • Roles of Teacher/Instructor

High Schools

  • Students are entitled to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE)

  • Student has the right to an education until he/she graduates or meets the goals of the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)

  • School is responsible for evaluation and developing an IEP

  • School is required to provide services and document students’ use of those services


  • Emphasis is placed on access to the education, not the education

  • Different Laws apply: ADA Title II and Section 504

  • Institution’s admission requirements must be followed

  • Responsibility for obtaining evaluations that are required belongs to the student

  • Responsibility for seeking and using accommodations belongs to the student

  • Communication is with students, not parents

College Admissions Process

  • Complete application as required and send into Admissions Office

  • Complete entire application, some schools may ask to self-disclose, this is not mandatory!

  • Notify Disability Support Office of your situation and request information about services

  • Provide appropriate and current documentation about the disability

  • Meet with the Disability Service Coordinator to discuss possible accommodations

Documentation Requirements

  • Comprehensive and current – less than three years old – and must include diagnosis

  • IEP’s, progress updates and 504 plans are not considered appropriate documentation

  • Documentation must be prepared by an appropriate professional

  • The College/University will not pay for updating of required documents

Where to get more info . . .

  • Office of Civil Rights:

  • Section 504 and Title II:

More info on Post-Secondary Institutions

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

  • Muhlenberg College

  • East Stroudsburg University

  • Kutztown University

  • Penn State University

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