Your child has been accepted…now what?
Congratulations for all of your hard work and assistance in your son or daughter graduating high school! Now is an exciting time full of promise and change. It is likely that you have been very active in your child’s school career, going to CSE meetings, parent conferences, and making sure your child’s accommodations have been met. At this point, you are well versed in the K-12 school system.
This page will give you a brief guide of the changes ahead as your son/daughter transitions out of high school and into college. Be assured that Disability Services at WCC is dedicated to student success for all our students.
The Differences Between High School and College
IDEA no longer pertains to your son/daughter’s special education needs. Once out of the k-12 system, the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) protects accommodation rights for your son/daughter. For more information regarding postsecondary education planning for students with disabilities click here and view the Policies and Procedures for the Disability Services Office.
What Does This Mean?
- All services provided under the IEP do not necessarily transition to college services.
- A college student with a disability is entitled to full confidentiality. Information regarding grades, performance, attendance, etc. cannot be disclosed without a FERPA consent form signed by the student and notarized.
- In high school, teachers were given a copy of the student’s IEP. In college, the student’s disability documentation remains in the Disabilities Services office and is not disclosed to the professors.
- Students can work with a counselor from the Disabilities Services office to discuss effective methods to communicate their accommodation needs to their professors. To make this process easier, the student can request a green Referral to Faculty accommodation letter from the Disabilities Services office verifying that the student has a disability. Accommodation letters never disclose what the student’s disability is.
- The student must register with the Disabilities office each semester in order to receive accommodations and accommodation letters.
- Disabilities Services does not retest students regarding their disability. Students need to provide current documentation. Call our office for outside testing referrals.
After the student has applied and received a student ID number, the next step is for the student to make arrangements to take the Extended Time Placement Test with accommodations and discuss his/her individual needs.
Services provided by counselors in our office include, but are not limited to, supportive and vocational counseling, referral to campus services and community agencies, self-advocacy assistance, consultation with faculty, and post-higher ed planning. Assistance in obtaining physical accommodations is also provided.