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Transition Handbook

Students Have A Responsibility To:

Self Identify

It is the student's responsibility to disclose their disability to the designated office for disability services if they desire accommodations. The student can self identify at any time during their academic career. It doesn't have to be done during the first semester unless accommodations are being requested for that semester. But, it must be done before they can be considered. The institution has no responsibility to make accommodations retroactively.

Provide Verifying Documentation to that Designated Office

It is important that students provide documentation not only of a diagnosis of a physical or mental impairment but also of the functional impact of that impairment. This documentation must come in writing from a qualified professional. Documentation should be recent to identify the current functional impact(s) of the disability. How old is 'recent' is dependent on the nature of the disability and likelihood of change in impact, e.g. spinal cord injury (date of injury) v. bipolar disorder (w/in past 6-12months).

Obtain assessment and test results and provide them to that office.

Post-secondary institutions will not provide students with testing or assessment for a learning disability. If a student feels that they have such a disability they will need to contact a qualified professional for assessment. In the case of a medical disability, students should submit documentation from a qualified medical professional stating the nature and severity of the disability, the diagnostic procedures used, and recommendations for academic assistance. Students with learning disabilities or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder must submit must submit documentation that is an adult evaluation. A psycho-educational evaluation provides a comprehensive assessment. Other means that address the diagnosis and functional impact(s) may be used. Such information may exist in the IEP, 504 Plan, and/or SOP. These documents, in and of themselves without the necessary information, are inadequate as documentation.

Act as Independent Adults

Students at post-secondary institutions are considered to be adults. You will be expected to make your own request for accommodations and take personal responsibility for your academic success.

Arrange their own Weekly Schedules.

It is the students' responsibility to work with their advisor to create their own schedule of classes, plan and utilize study time, and seek help when they feel it is needed.

Contact their Instructors

Although accommodations may be authorized and letters sent to professors, it is the student's responsibility to introduce himself or herself to the professor and discuss which authorized accommodations they would like to have implemented within that particular class.

Arrange for and obtain their own personal attendants, tutoring and individually fitted or designed assistive technologies.

If a student is in need of personal attendants, private one-on-one tutoring, special transportation, or assistive technology of a personal nature, it is necessary for the student to arrange for these services on their own as it is not a function of a post-secondary institution to provide them.