Transitioning from High School to College
Transitioning is difficult for most students and there can be added challenges for students who were accustomed to receiving academic accommodations in high school. Here is a helpful comparative chart highlighting the Differences Between Accommodations and Academic Expectations in High School vs. College.
Resources Available Through Academic Advising
- Peer Advising: One-On-One Instruction
- Peer Tutors
- Assistive Technology
- Learning Skills Support
- Baldridge Reading Program
- Campus Map
- Campus Resources
- Policy and Procedural Statement for Students with Disabilities
- Fulfilling the Language Requirement with American Sign Language (ASL)
Additional Resources Available On Campus
The Wellness Center, located in the Kline Center complex, provides professional and confidential health, counseling, and nutritional support services.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of writing support through Norman M. Eberly Writing Center. Even before you've written a word, you can take an assignment to a Writing Center associate for guidance in getting started.
The Waidner - Spahr Library provides many specially designed resources for students with disabilities. Learn more by visiting the LIS Disability Resources and Services page.
Below are the websites of outside professionals who are not affiliated with Dickinson, but who have notified ADS that they are available to provide fee-based coaching services to Dickinson students. (Listed in alphabetical order.)
Please note that Dickinson is not promoting or endorsing any of these services, but rather sharing their existence with those who may be interested in pursuing external academic support services.
Careers, Scholarships, and Networking for Students with Disabilities
- Campus Organizations, Activities, and Events
- Finding Your Way - A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum
- DREAM - Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring
- COSD - Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
- GettingHired.com - Careers and Community for People with Disabilities
- We Connect Now
— This website was created in 2008 by a college student with a desire to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community, providing students with a voice on important issues related to higher education and employment. The website has been used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges and universities and groups serving people with disabilities in all 50 states and at least 10 foreign countries.
Disabilities and Global Education
Two legislative mandates that govern disabilities in higher education within the United States are the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These mandates do not extend beyond U.S. borders. Students with disabilities who are planning to study abroad should consult with the Center for Global Studies and Engagement to discuss their disability-related needs. Such conversations will have no bearing on a student's application for study abroad.