Transition to College

Click here for a College Preparation for Students with Disabilities Handbook

Legal Requirements

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment and public accommodations.
  • There must be equal access to all facilities, programs, services, and activities of the college.
  • The college is NOT covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA which applies to K-12 institutions and requires individualized education plans (IEPs).

What Is a Disability as Defined by the ADA?

  • A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • What Is a Major Life Activity? breathing, seeing, walking, working, hearing, caring for oneself, speaking, learning

Who Is Covered?

  • Protects all persons with a disability from discrimination in an educational setting based solely on a disability.

How to receive accommodations?

  • Contact the ADA Office and self-identify as a student with a disability
  • Provide current, sufficient documentation of a disability
  • Set up an Intake appointment to review documentation, discuss eligibility and reasonable accommodations

What About Documentation?

  • Who is responsible for providing documentation?
  • Under the ADA/504 Postsecondary, it is the student’s responsibility to provide adequate documentation of disability

Classroom Placement

  • IDEA — Placement in special classrooms, resource, or regular classroom
  • ADA/504 — Placement in regular classroom with accommodations

Accommodations And Accessibility

  • Interpreters, textbooks/handouts in alternative formats, TDD, Readers/Scribes, access to facilities, programs, materials, activities and services

Institutions are not responsible for personal services such as:

  • Attendants, tutors, readers, typists
  • Personal devices such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, guide dogs, etc.

Plan Ahead

  • Choose the college you plan to attend
  • Request the requirements for admission
  • Contact the Jefferson State ADA Accommodations Office and set up an appointment by calling (205) 856-6077, or  email