Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services provides Emmanuel College students with documented disabilities access to classroom and testing accommodations and assistive technology.

Emmanuel College is committed to providing full access of its educational programs for qualified students. We practice a non-discriminatory policy and offer classroom and testing accommodations, and assistive technology to students with documented disabilities. The Director of Disability Support Services' office ensures that all students with disabilities can actively participate in all facets of college life. Our goal is to coordinate and provide the kind of services that will enable our students with disabilities to reach their educational potential. In addition, our focus and responsibility is to increase the level of awareness among all members of the college community.

DIFFERENCES IN THE LAW BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

As students with disabilities move from high school to college, they and their parents should understand that the process of deciding who is eligible to receive accommodations and what those accommodations may be differs substantially. In high school, the school rather than the student or the student's family are often involved in identifying and diagnosing students with disabilities and often initiate the whole process for the student.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) governs the circumstances under which universities provide accommodations to students with disabilities. Neither Section 504 nor the ADA requires a college or university to alter a fundamental requirement of its academic program for a student with a disability. Furthermore, college students must self-identify themselves to the Director of Disability Support Services and formally request accommodations and services. The student must take responsibility for initiating this process. In contrast to the IDEA, whose goal is to ensure student success, the goal of Section 504 and the ADA, as they apply to college students, is to ensure that students with disabilities have access to the programs and activities that the college offers and that those students are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability. 

High School College
Free and appropriate education guaranteed by law The law does not guarantee admission to a college or university
School is obligated to seek out and identify students with disabilities The student is responsible for locating the Disability Support Services office and inquiring how they can receive services.
Obligation to evaluate students with disabilities No obligation to evaluate students with disabilities
Must alter course content if necessary No obligation to alter content of courses or evaluation system
Student's progress is monitored by school staff Students progress is his/her responsibility
School will seek out students to provide accommodations Student must self-identify and self-advocate for accommodations