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Disability Services Program

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Transition to College

The laws governing the rights and responsibilities of the school and student are different in postsecondary education than in high school. Students are responsible for disclosing a disability, requesting accommodations, and obtaining and providing documentation to the University. Throughout the process both prior to and after being approved for reasonable accommodations students are responsible for interactively engaging with the DSP office. This includes letting  your DSP Accommodations Specialist know as soon as you become aware that your accommodations are not effective or the results are not as expected. The DSP will work with you to resolve the issue(s). Reasonable accommodations are determined by the DSP staff.

  • Accommodations may differ

    The accommodations you receive at DU may not be the same as in high school or at your previous institution.
  • Self-advocacy

    You have more responsibility to self-advocate than you did in high school. Parents can help a student learn how to advocate for him/herself. We strongly encourage parents and students to read the DSP student handbook in order to know your rights & responsibilities.
  • Inform DSP about your past

    While we may not provide the same accommodations, understanding the services you received in the past and how they helped you can help us support you.
  • Curriculum Integrity

    Adjustments and accommodations cannot include changes  to curriculum or subject material. Students with disabilities must meet the same requirements as those without disabilities.
  • Documentation vs. IEP

    Documentation of a disability is not the same thing as an IEP. An IEP may help us determine services, but may not be a sufficient form of documentation. Therefore, adequate medical documentation may also be required in order to receive accommodations.

The Department of Education has produced the following transition guide to assist students in making the transition to college and university life.
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education