Postsecondary Accommodations Process

The term "disability" means different things in public schools and postsecondary institutions. Students in K-12 public schools are protected by the IDEIA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004). Public schools must evaluate, identify and provide services to students who qualify based on an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Qualified students are covered under this plan until they turn 21 or graduate from high school. Under IDEIA, a student may receive specially designed instruction, modifications to class requirements, one-to-one support or tutoring, and accommodations based on the IEP. Federal funds are provided to K-12 schools to supplement these services. Special education staff help deliver these services.

Students at private postsecondary institutions are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. When serving students with disabilities, institutions must comply with these laws, which stipulate that they:

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