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A short guide to knowing and understanding the law and what it means to you.
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In college you are responsible to make sure that your needs are met. Two federal civil rights laws can assist you in reaching your school goals. These laws are called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These laws provide students with these rights:
Understanding the laws can assist you in achieving success as a student. Many web sites on the Internet can help you learn more about how these laws relate to you. One site that answers many of the questions you may have is located at:
In addition, the state you live in may have laws, often called "human rights laws," which prohibit discrimination and require equal access for people with disabilities.
Please realize that the laws do not require a school to lower its academic standards. Schools will not:
You must continually meet relevant academic and conduct standards to receive protection of the law.
The law states that some students with disabilities have a right to academic accommodations.
Accommodations are changes to how things are normally done which provide you with an equal opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of your education. Accommodations include:
If you think you will need any accommodations because of your disability, you must tell your school. You will not receive accommodations or assistance unless you tell DSPS of your disability. You may also have to provide paperwork on your disability.
Your responsibility is to tell your school that you will need an accommodation. Each school has its own paperwork requirements necessary to arrange an accommodation. Most schools require that you provide recent, professional documentation from a doctor or other licensed professional. Simply put, you may have to prove you have a disability.
Accommodations must be appropriate and effective for your situation. An effective accommodation will address your specific limitations caused by your disability.
Finally, understand that your school must provide educational accommodations at no cost to you. But they do not have to provide or pay for: