Transitioning from High School to College

Aerial View of Spencer Hill Campus from the Commons
Students and parents will find that college disability services is very different from special education in the K-12 setting.

We have developed this Transition Information sheet (PDF) for tips on the transition process.

Basic differences between special education services in high school and disability services in college
HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE
Services provided under IDEA or Section 504, subpart D Services provided under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 subpart E
Schools responsible for identifying and evaluating the student.  Students must self-identify and provide appropriate and current documentation of their disability. 
Services provided to ensure success of student. Services provided to ensure equal access. Success is responsibility of the student.
The IEP or 504 plan is mandated and followed. No IEP or 504 plan.  Student given Accommodation Letter to show to instructors. 
Special education teachers inform instructors of students needs. Student responsible for informing instructors of disability and accommodations.
Assignments and Tests may be modified.  All students are expected to complete the same assignments and tests.
Graduation requirements may be waived due to disability (such as foreign language requirements). Graduation requirements are rarely, if ever, waived due to a disability.  Substitutions may be available for certain courses (such as gym courses). 
Special education case manager ensures student uses special education accommodations and services. Student responsible for using approved accommodations.
Parents involved in planning. Student determines amount of parental involvement.

Here are some more differences between high school and college.

Here are some links that can help explain the process further:

If you are a high school student with a disability and are planning to attend Corning Community College, please contact the Student Disability Services office to discuss our services.  We are here to help!

Phone: 607-962-9262
Email: sds@corning-cc.edu