How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

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How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

Jane McClure
Partner McClure, Mailory & Baron Educational Counseling

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

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Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Eligibility

Colleges require recent testing (check with each college, some are within 3 years, some 5 years) in order to establish accommodations or admittance to a comprehensive support program. Every college is different...some colleges you'll want to apply to the comprehensive program as soon as you are accepted, others want the applicaton to the program at the same time you submit for admissions. If you are requesting accommodations but not a comprehensive program, send your request after you accept your spot.

Corey Fischer
President CollegeClarity

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

The student needs to self-identify by sending the recent testing and documentation (usually within the last 3 years) to the college's student disability services office. The college will let you know how they will be able to accomodate you. Not every college is set up to fully serve every student's needs.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

Getting Accommodations in College: Communicate and Advocate. It is Your Right.

Generally if you have a documented disability and you were given accommodation in response to the diagnosis in high school, it should carry over so long as the testing and the documentation are up to date. A student will have to contact the appropriate office at their college upon enrolling so that the process can be put in place, but it should not be an issue so long as appropriate communication is undertaken. Generally, in dealing with disabilities, we are dealing with legally mandated issues and while there are some interpretive elements, in most cases the schools do not have much leeway and have established procedures to deal with these matters.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

Every school will have it's guidelines regarding support services eligibility. You need to make an appointment with that office to determine whether you qualify for assistance. Some schools are more sophisticated in their delivery models, while others are less comprehensive. Being able to articulate your needs, document your history, and advocating for yourself, will go a long way once you are a college student.

Donovan Blake
Lead Consultant Griffin Blake Educational Consulting

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

Each school has varying criteria. Generally, if a student has been approved for accommodatins by college board, then a 4 year school will accept your accommodations. Many of the 2 year colleges are requesting that the student have recently updated testing (they want new psychoeducational testing within 10th-12th grade).The new testing results will determine if you will qualify for support services.

Mary Mariani

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

If you qualified as a disabled student with a current IEP or 504 Plan, then you would also qualify for college resources. Make sure that your IEP, 504 Plan, and psychological testing that diagnosed your disability is current. Out-of-date testing does not work. If you have as ADD diagnosis, make sure that diagnosis is current from either the school district or through a medical doctor or psychiatrist. Then make sure that there are accommodations being made at the high school. If you have never had accommodations made at the school, it is much harder to then request accommodations on the college level.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

Call the college & simply ask what the requirements are.

Mandy Reilly
Counselor

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

The first step is to contact the college's office of Disabilities Services. They will lead you step by step throug the process of seeking support services and or accomodations. If you are seeking assistance for a learning disability it is likely that you will need to have documentation, either from your high school or from a qualified professional. Many colleges can refer you to qualified professionals with whom they work.

Ronald Harris

How does a student establish college eligibility for disability support services?

A student must tell to the Office of Disability Services that he/she need assistance.