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Transitional Services

The transition from high school to college is an exciting one, filled with anticipation and expectations of what lies ahead: an engaging collegiate environment, challenging classes, new friends and colleagues, and a vast array of unique experiences.

There are many differences between college and high school (the laws by which they are governed, the classroom setup, the courses and instructor’s expectations, and the overall requirements). We believe that with knowledge, awareness, and encouragement you can be empowered and ensure your academic success before you arrive to college.

Office of AccessABILITY’s Transitional Services helps to create a friendly and accessible environment for all students, promoting academic success, retention and graduation for all its registered students.

Our Transitional Services include:

  1. One-on-one and group workshops, as well as in-house and on-site presentations for high school students and staff to share Hunter College rules, regulations, policies and the admissions process
  2. Confidential information sessions to review, evaluate and discuss available accommodations
  3. Assistance or referrals to help with following areas:
    • Advising and Registration
    • Career Planning and Counseling
    • Club Membership
    • Degree Choice
    • Diversity Training and Activities
    • Financial Aid and Appeal Process
    • Personal Counseling and Mental Health Services
    • Scholarship Information
    • Self-Advocacy and Communication Skills Training

A Comparison of Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities:
in High School and in College

As you begin your college journey you must accept new responsibilities. Your legal rights and responsibilities in high school are different from those in college. Unlike high school, where parents and teachers take the lead in advocacy for the student, in college students with disabilities must self-advocate and self-manage.

The chart below outlines those differences:


HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE
What is the law?

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), enforced by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services in the U.S. Department of Education.

504 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) / ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992)

504 and ADA are enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

504 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, particular references in Subpart E)

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992)

504 and ADA are enforced by the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (504), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity commission (ADA).

What is the intent of the law?

IDEA – To provide a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to eligible students with disabilities, including special education and related services.

504 and ADA – To ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability is denied access to, benefits of, or is subjected to discrimination in any program or activity provided by any public institution or entity.

504 and ADA - To ensure that no otherwise qualified person with a disability will be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any program or activity provided by any public institution or entity.

Who is covered under the law?

All infants, children and youth requiring special education services, until age 21 or graduation from high school.

All qualified persons with disabilities who meet the entry age level criteria or particular program entry criteria of the college and who can document the existence of a disability as defined by the ADA.

What is a disability?

A list of disabilities is provided in IDEA, and includes specific learning disabilities.
504 and ADA has no such list, but considers a person with a disability to have any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having an impairment.

Any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, having a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having an impairment 504 and ADA; ADA also includes HIV status and contagious and non-contagious diseases.

Who is responsible for identifying and
documenting need?

School districts are responsible for identifying, evaluating, and planning educational services at no expense to parent or individual.

Students are responsible for self-identification and for obtaining disability documentation from a professional who is qualified to assess their particular disability; cost of the evaluation must be assumed by the student, not the institution.

Who is responsible for initiating service delivery?

School districts are responsible for identifying students with disabilities
and providing special instruction, individualized educational plans,
and/or accommodations.

Students are responsible for notifying the Office of AccessABILITY of their disability and of their need for accommodations. Accommodations (not special education) are provided on a semester-by-semester basis in order for students with disabilities to have equal access to the college's programs and activities.

What about Self-Advocacy?

The parent or guardian is the primary advocate. Students with disabilities learn about their disability, the importance of advocacy, the types of accommodations they need, and ways to become a self-advocate.

Students must be able to communicate what their disability is, their strengths and weaknesses, how the disability impacts and functionally limits major life activities, and identify any requested accommodations.

Contact:

For additional information, please contact us by phone at (212) 772-4857, email us at accessability@hunter.cuny.edu, or visit our office located in 1214B in the East building.

Related Resources

Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education – A Guide for High School Educators

Click here to download the Transitional Information Presentation [pdf]

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