The transition between high school and college is an exciting process for everyone involved, and may seem difficult or stressful at times. Students with disabilities will experience a change in rights and responsibilities as they begin college. In high school, students are covered by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act); in college, students are covered by ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

What does that mean for the student?
Unlike high school, it is up to you to inform your school (Dickinson College) of your disability. You are also expected to initiate contact with your professors, informing them of any accommodations you wish to receive in the classroom.

If you have a disability, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible to begin the process for receiving accommodations. You may contact us at 717-245-1080 or disabilityservices@dickinson.edu, or visit the Accommodations Process page for more information.

Please take some time to explore these resources to learn more about the differences between high school and college:
High School vs. College Chart (PDF)
Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Rights and Responsibilities
ADA vs. IDEA vs. Section 504