What are the differences between high school and college?
- Your Individualized Education Program (IEP) will end when you graduate high school.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ends and Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) take effect.
- Colleges and universities do not identify students with disabilities. Instead, you must self-identify as a qualified person with a disability and make a request for accommodations.
- Colleges and universities are not required to conduct testing for students suspected of having disabilities. You need to be prepared to provide documents to DRP when seeking services and discuss with the DRP Transition and Retention Counselor.
- If you request accommodations in classes, instructors receive a brief summary highlighting your accommodation plan; however, they are not provided confidential information regarding your disability-related diagnosis.
For additional information, please read this helpful guide below:
A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College (PDF, 368KB)
How do I register to receive disability resources and accommodations?
To register for services, please visit our Obtaining Services page and complete the online application form.
Can I receive housing accommodations?
For students with disabilities who have specific disability accommodation requests within the residential facilities, please visit the Housing & Residential Education website at http://www.csuci.edu/housing/resources-forms.htm for more information on how to request Disability Housing Accommodations.
Note: Disability Accommodation requests need to be completed each academic year before the designated deadline to ensure reasonable accommodations within the residential facilities.
Does DRP provide testing for students who may have a disability?
No, DRP does not provide testing; however, we can provide resources to community agencies who conduct testing for various disabilities.
Does DRP provide tutoring services?
No. However, tutoring services are available for all students at on campus (Learning Resource Center, Writing Center, STEM Center, etc.
Will my transcripts show that I received services or accommodations from DRP?
No, your transcripts will not indicate that you were registered with DRP or received accommodations.
I have approved accommodations through DRP, do I need to meet with a counselor every semester to continue receiving my accommodations?
No, DRP does not require students to meet with a counselor every semester. In order to continue receiving accommodations, students must login to DRP Online and add their classes for which they would like to receive accommodations.
What if I have a request for a new accommodation?
You will need to schedule an appointment with a DRP counselor to discuss your request for a new accommodation. If your new accommodation request is not supported by your existing documentation, the counselor may request for additional documentation.
How are my professors notified about my approved accommodations?
DRP will send a notification letter via email to your professors regarding your approved accommodations. DRP will only send notification letters to the professors of classes you have requested accommodations for.
Can I request to use my approved accommodations at any point during the semester?
Yes, approved accommodations can be requested at any point during the semester. However, we encourage students to place their accommodation requests prior to the start of the semester to ensure reasonable processing time to secure services.
What are the differences between high school and college for my student with a disability?
The primary law under which services in K-12 schools are provided is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under this law, schools tailor the curriculum around the students and their needs so they will be successful in the school setting. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), institutions of higher learning are only required to make reasonable accommodations that will provide the student with equal access to the institution's programs, services and activities. Unlike high school accommodations, the reasonable accommodations post-secondary institutions provide ensure access, not success, and will not fundamentally alter classes or programs.