There are many aspects of preparing for the transition to college, and one of those is ensuring you understand how to request support services from the disability office of your college. If you are receiving accommodations while in high school, it is important to understand what supports you are receiving and why. This knowledge and ability to communicate this knowledge will be very important when you go to college. This is because it will be the responsiblity of the student to work with the disability office and professors to advocate for your academic needs. To support you in advocating for your academic needs, understanding how IEP’s and 504 plans are used and not used in determining accommodations in college is important. This article offers helpful guidance on this topic. You are encouraged to take an increasingly active role in understanding your accommodations and speaking with teachers and other staff at your high school as needed, to practice advocating for your learning needs. This will help ease the transition to college and independence as you will be already comfortable in the role of self-advocate.
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