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Differences Between High School and College

Disability Disclosure, Accommodations and Services: 

Differences Between Education Settings, K-12 v. Postsecondary



Legal Foundation

  • IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Act: education based
  • automatic access to education

Legal Foundation

  • ADA and 504
  • Americans with Disabilities Act & Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: civil rights based
  • nondiscrimination re: access

Responsibility for Identification & Disclosure

  • Parent & School
  • ADVOCACY by others

Responsibility for Identification & Disclosure

  • Individual who has disability

Provision of services

  • Responsibility of school
  • Extensive educational services and
  • accommodations required: MANDATED COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS

Provision of services

  • Responsibility of individual
  • Educational services vary
  • 3 LEVELS:
  • minimal
  • moderate*
  • comprehensive


  • Adjusted/modified curriculum
  • Required courses changed/eliminated


  • Same curriculum as nondisabled students
  • Required courses are REQUIRED
  • NO WAIVERS for essential reqs.
  • Some substitutions possible