you enter college, you will be solely responsible for, and
in control of, your choices and decisions. At the postsecondary
level, you may want to disclose your disability so that you
can advocate for your needs and obtain appropriate academic
adjustments and auxiliary aids and services. Thus, although
parents, teachers, and counselors continue to play supportive
roles, the ultimate responsibility for obtaining services
lies with you. You decide whether to disclose your disability.
However, remember that the college or university you attend
is not obligated to provide appropriate academic adjustments
and auxiliary aids and services unless you disclose your disability,
provide appropriate documentation, and request such assistance.
success in college depends on your ability to manage yourself
and your situation.
are not required to accept students who do not meet the academic
standards or other requirements for admission. Disclosing
your disability may explain why grades and/or test scores
may be inaccurate predictors of your ability to succeed academically.
Many institutions apply the same admissions criteria and have
identical application procedures for all students. Nonetheless,
they may modify application procedures, admissions criteria,
and/or the decision-making processes for applicants who disclose
their disabilities. The disabilities office also may request
additional information for clarification of your abilities,
which are what determines your success.
You have several responsibilities in a postsecondary environment
that you did not have at the high school level. You need to:
the initial contact with the person responsible for campus
services for students with disabilities
this contact soon after acceptance by the college and
again before or immediately after the semester begins
information and documentation related to the status of
your disability. Doing so helps determine if you qualify
as a student with a disability and helps you to request
appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and
some campuses, instructors receive written notification
confirming their legal requirement to provide the appropriate
academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services
faculty members at the beginning of each semester of your
disability, how that disability affects your performance,
and what academic adjustments or auxiliary aids and services
you will need
the timelines and procedural requirements established
by the disability services office for scheduling examinations,
and requesting appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary
aids and services.
the disability services office if you need to change your
academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services.
For example, such changes may occur if your schedule changes
after the first few weeks of class
the same deadlines for application and submission of documentation
established for preregistration of individuals without
disabilities, unless the institution provides preferential
registration for students with disabilities.
the service provider on campus, on a regular basis, to
discuss your needs and progress. On most campuses, the
service provider does not contact students about their
Excerpted from Virginia's College Guide for
Students with Disabilities (2003 Edition).
Available at http://www.pen.k12.va.us