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Legislation and the Law

Legislation and Rights: Education: Post-secondary Education Rights

The following lists rights resources in regard to post-secondary education and transition issues for people with disabilities and major legislation enacted by the federal government.

New sign Accredited Schools Online provides Higher Education for Students with Disabilities information on Rights. The rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities are substantial, but understanding them can be difficult. If you or your child has been dealing with a disability throughout pre-college life, you are already aware of many of the specific applicable laws and regulations, however, there are a number of significant differences in the rights and responsibilities of college-bound disabled individuals compared to those of elementary and secondary school students, and it is very important to understand those differences. This guide explains the laws and qualifications of disability.

BestColleges.com recently created a guide that offers tips and insights for disabled college students, including legal rights, how to transition to campus life, and online resources and apps to help with specific disabilities. You can view this guide at College Resources for Students with Disabilities.

LD Online, a leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, offers Expert Advice on College and College Prep for students with disabilities and their parents. Their expert, Matt Cohen, Esq. Special Education Lawyer, provides insight into the laws governing high school and college accommodations for students with disabilities.

Pacer Center, a Minnesota-based parent center, provides ACTion Information Sheets on various topics. ADA Q&A...The ADA, Section 504 & Postsecondary Education discusses what students are entitled to under these two laws.

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights provides important information to students with disabilities to help them prepare for life as a college student. Their guide, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities,

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Right, Postsecondary Transitioning Resources for Students with Disabilities has posted two letters to provide information about the legal rights of students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education institutions.

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities March 2007, (Washington, D.C. 20202) is an on-line pamphlet that explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability. This guide answers frequent questions concerning what students must do to request accommodations and what colleges and universities are and aren't required to provide.

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