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Differences Between High School and College

High School College
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides opportunities to succeed in school. ADA and Sections 504 and 508 provide access to school.
Education is a Right and must be accessible to you. Education is not a Right. Students must apply and be qualified to do college level work.
Core modifications of classes required. No modifications are required, only accommodations.
School must identify disability. Student must self-identify to Disability Support Services.
Documentation is Individualized Education Plan (IEP) school provides evaluation at no cost to student. Student provides documentation that meets school's standards. If evaluation is necessary, it's at the student's expense.
School develops IEP Student identifies needs and requests accommodations. No IEP's or 504 Plan exist at the college level.
Student is assisted by parents and teachers. Student must seek assistance from Disability Support Services.
School arranges accommodations. Student self-advocates and must arrange for accommodations.
Parent has access to student records. Parent has no access to student records or information without student's written consent.
Parent advocates for student. Student must self-advocate.
Grades may reflect effort, attendance or modified curriculum. No modified curriculum.
Teachers remind students of assignments and due dates. Professors expect students to read the course syllabus. They typically do not remind students of upcoming events.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know your Rights and Responsibilities, Office of Civil Rights