Recently a client of mine informed me that her daughter, who is taking college courses while in high school, was running into several roadblocks when it came to getting her high school accommodations provided at college through her 504.
A few years ago, at a workshop given by several attorneys, the 504 move from high school to college was described as a relatively easy transfer. While accommodations can be delivered, there is a process that students need to follow in order to get them in place beyond providing the high school 504. From what I have learned this also applies to high school IEP’s.
My client shared what she has learned thus far and I have begun investigating myself.
Here are some suggestions for what you can do to make the transition easier.
1. Start with a short list of colleges you think your child might want to consider and call the admissions office and academic support office if they have one. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
- Do you need a new evaluation report or (how recent a report) citing the disability/diagnosis?
- When does the school need to be informed that a student has a disability and will need disability services?
- Does having a disability factor into acceptance?
The college will most likely do a needs assessment after the documentation/verification of the disability was received.
2. Food allergies present another level of need that requires you to ask specific questions.
- What facilities/supports are in place for a student with food allergies?
- Are the special dietary facilities available on weekends and holidays?
3. If your child has environmental allergies, you should ask about that too.
- What facilities are available for students with environmental allergies?
As I learn more I will share. If you would like to share something that we can all benefit from, please reach out.
Of course if you have a question please contact me as soon as possible. The one thing we are all sure of is that you never want to wait until it is too late to do what is necessary.