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Memo: Transitioning from High School to College From: Dr. Patricia Tesar, Director, Office for Students with Disabilities To: Incoming Gallaudet students and their parents
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) at Gallaudet welcomes you to the exciting adventure that starts here. For entering students with disabilities, OSWD is a campus unit you want to be familiar with: OSWD is the Gallaudet unit responsible for documenting students' disabilities and determining students' eligibility for reasonable accommodations. OSWD is here to help new Gallaudet students achieve their academic goals through equal access, just as we currently help more than 12% of the Gallaudet student body.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 still govern disability support, but with significant differences. While Section 504 requires a school district to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each child with a disability in the district's jurisdiction, a university is required to provide appropriate academic accommodations as necessary to ensure that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability.
Here are two key differences for students and parents to keep in mind
To determine eligibility for disability support services, OSWD requires supporting medical, psychological, and/or psycho-educational documentation as part of an intake procedure:
After a student's eligibility is established, further discussion with an OSWD counselor determines what academic accommodations the student qualifies for. Faculty teaching classes that the student has enrolled for will then be informed of the appropriate accommodations provided the student has signed an OSWD "Release of Information" form.
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