Differences between High School & College

Provision of ADAAA Mandated Accommodations






High Schools are required to identify students with disabilities. 

Students are required to self-identify and provide documentation of disability.


IEP is developed by a team of professionals & classes are arranged for the student.


Students are responsible for developing own academic goals,
as well as self-advocacy.  The IEP is a K-12 document only.


Student accommodations are determined on a yearly basis.

Students must request accommodations each quarter.


Parental involvement is mandatory.


Parental involvement is limited as students are recognized as adults.


Students attend classes 5 days/week 6 hours/day

Students spend 12 to 16 hours per week in class.


Public School District is responsible for costs for provision of public education and accommodations.


Students are responsible for paying University tuition & personal accommodation needs. May be eligible for financial assistance from CA Dept. of Rehabilitation.

Teachers may provide one to one feedback on daily classroom performance.


Professors expect students to meet syllabus requirements and are available for meetings with students during office hours.

Parents and teachers may closely monitor student’s study habits.


Students are responsible for developing study habits that
lead to their own success.



U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2007). Students with disabilities preparing for postsecondary education: Know your rights and responsibilities. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education.