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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

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-secondary Education:

Know your Rights and Responsibilities

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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
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
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
High Schools and Colleges are very different . . .
  • Law, processes, and procedures
  • Rights of parents
  • Learning locations
  • Roles of Teacher/Instructor
high schools
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
colleges
Colleges
  • 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
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
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
Where to get more info . . .
  • Office of Civil Rights:

www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/icr/transition.html

  • Section 504 and Title II:

www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/auxaid.html

more info on post secondary institutions
More info on Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

http://www.lccc.edu/default.aspx?pageid=125

  • Muhlenberg College

http://www.muhlenberg.edu/students/disabilities/

  • East Stroudsburg University

http://www4.esu.edu/current_students/student_services/disability_services/disability_services.cfm

  • Kutztown University

http://www.kutztown.edu/admin/humandiversity/disabililtyservices/

  • Penn State University

http://www.equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines.asp

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