- How do the responsibilities of working with students with disabilities of Higher Education institutions differ from those of high schools?
- What are the responsibilities of a student with a disability if they would like to receive accommodations?
- Can I request accommodations for my child?
- Can I speak with my child’s Access Coordinator in regards to their situation?
- Since the student is now in charge of their educational planning, what are some self-advocacy skills they should develop?
- What is the impact of The Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education of 1990?
- Does the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) apply to Higher Education?
- What is considered acceptable documentation of a disability?
- Does a student have to inform Texas A&M that they have a disability?
- What can a student with a disability expect in regards to admissions procedures?
- Will a student’s admission to Texas A&M University be denied because they have a disability?
- Does Disability Resources provide tutorial services?
- Is there a charge for receiving accommodations from Disability Resources?
The responsibilities towards students with disabilities in Higher Education institutions are very different from those of high schools. High schools are required under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to identify the educational needs of students with a disability and provide a free and appropriate education.
This responsibility is not required of Higher Education institutions. Higher Education institutions are required to provide appropriate academic accommodations to ensure that a student with a disability is not discriminated against. The student is responsible for disclosing their disability to the institution and making specific accommodation requests.
A student with a disability is responsible for requesting accommodations through Disability Resources (DR). DR will not seek students out. A student with a disability is also responsible for providing acceptable documentation of their disability that supports the accommodation requests.
All requests for accommodations must come directly from the student.
As a young adult, the student may choose to have information about their case discussed with his or her parent(s) through signing a release. The release cannot be a blanket release for the student’s entire college career.
Disability Resources strongly encourages students to develop these self-advocacy skills:
- Understanding Your Disability: A student should be able to articulate what their disability is.
- Communicating Disability: A student should also be able to describe how the disability limits their functioning (functional limitations). A student should also be able to express some ways that they could be accommodated.
- Being Proactive: A student should provide acceptable documentation to DR and request accommodations. A student should learn to work collaboratively with instructors to ensure their success with the accommodations. A student should also be able to identify if their accommodations are not being met.
The Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education of 1990 impacts the whole institution including activities, facilities, programs, and employment. In regards to academics, the Americans with Disabilities Act on Higher Education 1990 required higher education institutions to provide reasonable accommodations for students. For more information please go to http://www.ada.gov.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law administered by the Office of Special Education Programs in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. This law does not apply to higher education.
A student with a disability does not have to disclose their disability to Texas A&M University. Disclosure of a disability is on a voluntary basis. However, a student will not receive accommodations unless they disclose this information.
In regards to admissions procedures, a student with a disability:
- Must apply through normal channels
- May not be asked about disability status during application by Admissions
- May choose to disclose the disability in their personal statement. As a general rule of thumb, if your application is marginal, then disclosing your disability and special circumstances in the essay portion of the application may help you.
- May take a standardized test with accommodations. For standardized tests:
- Be prepared to submit documentation
- Admissions may not take any review action based upon submission of standardized test score
A student meeting the essential requirements for admission to Texas A&M University will not be denied admission solely on the basis of disability.
DR does not provide tutorial services. Tutorial services must be obtained and funded privately. A listing of local tutor resources can be found in our Resource Guide, including free services available on campus to all students.
There is no charge for receiving accommodations from Disability Resources.