Posted on 10/20/2017 at 12:00 AM by Blog Experts

Guide from U.S Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html

The guide begins by posing the following questions to educators:

Do you know what is in store for students with disabilities who graduate from your school and head off to postsecondary education? Do you have the information you need to advise them on what to expect in postsecondary education?

It is then followed up by a question and answer section.  The questions asked and the responses are an excellent resource for educators.  

The questions asked include:

1. Are students with disabilities entitled to changes in standardized testing conditions on entrance exams for institutions of postsecondary education?

2. Are institutions of postsecondary education permitted to ask an applicant if he or she has a disability before an admission decision is made?

3. May institutions of postsecondary education deny an applicant admission because he or she has a disability?

4. Are institutions obligated to identify students with disabilities?

5. Are students obligated to inform institutions that they have a disability?

6. What are academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services?

7. In general, what kind of documentation is necessary for students with disabilities to receive academic adjustments from institutions of postsecondary education?

8. Who is responsible for obtaining necessary testing to document the existence of a disability?

9. Is a student’s most recent individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan sufficient documentation to support the existence of a disability and the need for an academic adjustment in a postsecondary setting?

10. What can high school personnel, such as school psychologists and counselors, transition specialists, special education staff and others, do to assist students with disabilities with documentation requirements?

11. Will a medical diagnosis from a treating physician help to document disability?

12. If it is clear that a student has a disability, why does an institution need documentation?

13. If an institution thinks that the documentation is insufficient, how will the student know?

14. Must institutions provide every academic adjustment a student with a disability wants?

15. If students want to request academic adjustments, what must they do?

16. What should students expect in working with a disability coordinator at an institution of postsecondary education?

17. When should students notify the institution of their intention to request an academic adjustment?

18. How do institutions determine what academic adjustments are appropriate?

19. Who pays for auxiliary aids and services?

20. What if the academic adjustments the institution provides are not working?

 

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