The short answer for adult students and recent high-school graduates is that if you want access to the formal resources offered through the Office of College wide Disability Services, it is your responsibility to register with the office. But, why should you register?
Adult students consistently report concern that if they disclose their disability:
These concerns represent a misunderstanding about what it means to be a student with a disability in higher education. Students registered with the office are not placed into easier courses, are held to the same academic and behavioral standards as all students, and only their primary mentor, instructors and center disability representative are notified by the office that they are registered and entitled to certain accommodations.
The purpose of registering with the office is to ensure an equal opportunity for success in your college experience by making sure that reasonable accommodations are determined and implemented in an appropriate manner. Registering with the office ensures that you will be able to access your courses, textbooks and assignments so that you have the same opportunity to succeed as any other student.
Recent high-school graduates are often unaware that how their disability and education are managed and who is responsible for that management is different in college than it was in high school.
Don’t worry; even though the rules have changed, the staff in the Office of Collegewide Disability Services and the disability representatives working in centers and units throughout the state and online are prepared to assist you with your transition from high school to college.
Return to Student Handbook or continue to Applicable Laws for Students with Disabilities.