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Going to college can be scary, but the right preparation can make your experience less intimidating. Students with disabilities in high school are very different than those in college. The chart below addresses some of these differences.
|Who is responsible for identifying the student and their disability?||The school||The student|
|Who/what determines the eligibility of a student for services?||A multidisciplinary team||Documentation from a licensed professional or medical doctor, prior records, and IEP|
|Who is responsible for services?||Most services are provided.||Some services, like tutoring, may be at student's expense.|
|What plan for service is needed?||Individualized Education Program (IEP)||Usually a letter describing accommodations from the college's office of disability Services is given to faculty with the student's approval.|
|What type of a learning environment is offered?||Students are served with non-disabled peers to the degree possible.||No 'special education' in college. Course requirements are the same for all students, however, students with disabilities may use appropriate academic accommodations.|
|What laws are applicable to the student?||Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)||Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)|
There are several steps that students with disabilities should follow to ease their transition to Porterville College.
There are a variety of resources available to students with disabilities who plan to pursue their postsecondary education. Listed below are a few sources of information regarding the success of students with disabilities in furthering their education.