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Disability Services and College Credit Plus High Schools

Disability Services recognizes the unique challenge that College Credit Plus presents in ensuring that students with disabilities have access to college-appropriate accommodations in their College Credit Plus courses. We believe that communication is a vital part of this process. The following information will help clarify any questions regarding the intersection of College Credit Plus high schools and Columbus State Disability Services.

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Registering with Columbus State’s Disability Services

Students must register with Disability Services in order to receive accommodations in their College Credit Plus courses. The registration process for students is outlined below:

1) Send us your documentation. By “documentation,” we mean a copy of your IEP/ETR, 504 Plan, doctor’s notes, or anything that describes your disability and how it will affect you in college. You can ask your Intervention Specialist to send it for you. It can be scanned and emailed to dsdocumentation@cscc.edu or faxed to 614-287-6054. If you don’t have documentation of your disability, call 614-287-2570 and ask for a Disability Verification Form.

2) Once you get an email from Disability Services saying that you are “approved for intake,” fill out the online registration form. The link to this form is in the email you received that states you are “approved for intake.”

3) Please call or email your Disability Services Advocate to schedule your intake interview. For your convenience, intake interviews can be scheduled to take place at a Columbus State Regional Learning Center near you, or at either of the Columbus State campuses (Downtown or Delaware). Please be sure to mention your location preference when contacting your Advocate.

4) Once your Intake Interview is complete, your Letter of Accommodation will be created. It is important to remember that college accommodations are not provided based on your IEP or 504 Plan, but based on your Letter of Accommodation. The Letter of Accommodation serves as your proof of registration with Disability Services and outlines your approved accommodations.

High School and College Comparison

Disability Services is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities enrolled in College Credit Plus have access to college-appropriate accommodations.

Accommodations for high school students with disabilities are approved through the lenses of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Free Appropriate Education (FAPE), and The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, Subpart D. Whereas, accommodations for college students with disabilities are approved through the lenses of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, Subpart E.

Below is a brief overview highlighting some of the differences between these federal laws as they apply to students with disabilities in high school and college.

High SchoolCollege
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Free Appropriate Education (FAPE) The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, Subpart D The Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA)
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, Subpart E.
To Whom Does This Apply? Free Appropriate Public Education to each student with a disability, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability To Whom Does This Apply? Student with a disability who meets the academic standards of the college (i.e. placement testing places student in college-level classes)
What Services Are Offered? Ensure all students with a disability have available to them an education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education What Services Are Offered? Accommodations that afford students with disabilities equal opportunity to obtain the same result, gain the same benefit, or reach the same level as their non-disabled peers
Parental Involvement Parents have meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children Parental Involvement Student is considered a college student and accepts the rights and responsibilities associated with being a college student
Expectations Teachers and staff help students learn, understand, and remember class materials Expectations The student is expected to learn, understand, and remember class materials
Who Knows? Teachers and staff are aware which students have an IEP/ETR, ISP, or 504 Plan Who Knows? Student must self-disclose their disability to their Instructor
What Document Shows My Accommodations? IEP/ETR, 504 Plan, ISP etc. What Document Shows My Accommodations? Your DS Advocate will create your Letter of Accommodation

College Credit Plus Accommodation Information Form

In order to better provide appropriate accommodations to College Credit Plus students with disabilities at various locations, Disability Services requests that high schools complete the College Credit Plus Accommodation Information Form on an annual basis.

The College Credit Plus Accommodation Information Form will help Columbus State’s Disability Services determine the most appropriate provider of specific accommodations for students with disabilities taking College Credit Plus classes.

Please reference the “College Credit Plus Accommodation Description Sheet” as needed when completing this form.

Please email the completed form, and any questions you may have, to Daniel Riquino at driquino@cscc.edu.

Placement Testing

If a student requires accommodations for placement testing outside of extended time, please fill out a Placement Test Accommodation Request Form and email it to dsdocumentation@cscc.edu.

After we receive the Placement Test Accommodation Request Form and the student’s documentation, an Advocate will review it and determine appropriate accommodations for the placement test. The Advocate may reach out to the student directly to discuss what accommodations the student may require. The Advocate will then notify the student, via his/her Columbus State email, regarding what accommodations are permitted for the placement test.