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Disability Services and College Credit Plus Students & Families

High School students taking College Credit Plus (CC+) and/or Dual Enrollment classes where college credit is being earned are considered to be college students. As such, they are subject to college-level expectations and responsibilities.

Please click on one of the links for more in-depth information on how to register with Disability Services, the differences between high school and college, and how your accommodations will work in your College Credit Plus courses.

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Registering with Disability Services

Are You a College Credit Plus (CC+) student with a disability who is taking CC+ classes at your high school? Do you need accommodations in those classes? It’s important to understand that your high school accommodations are not automatically in place in your CC+ class, and some of them may not be permitted in a college-level class. In order to receive accommodations for your college credit plus classes, you need to get registered with Disability Services at Columbus State by doing the following:

1) Send us your documentation. By “documentation,” we mean a copy of your IEP/ETR, 504 Plan, doctor’s notes, 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.

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

There are different federal laws in place regarding students with disabilities and education.

One set of laws applies to students with disabilities in grades K-12. These laws include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Free Appropriate Education (FAPE), and The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504, Subpart D.

The other set of laws apples to students with disabilities in college. These laws include 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 laws as they relate to students with disabilities in high school compared to students with disabilities in 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 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.

However, 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.

In order for you to utilize your approved accommodations, you must submit a copy of your Letter of Accommodation to your College Credit Plus instructors. Your Letter of Accommodation is generated by your Advocate after your Intake Interview.

It is important to remember that your College Credit Plus instructors are not obligated to allow you access to your approved accommodation until you have provided a copy of your Letter of Accommodation. You may submit your Letter of Accommodation to your instructor one of two ways: submit a physical copy or email a digital copy.

Below are some examples of high school accommodations that are no longer appropriate at the college level.

High SchoolCollege
Administer test over several days Must complete test once started
Instructor repeats/ rephrases directions during class Student should ask questions, when appropriate, in class or email Instructor outside of class for clarification
Study guides made for student Only if available to entire class
Access to notes during testing Only if available to entire class
Adjusted class schedule/ shortened day Students registered with Disability Services have priority registration, schedule classes appropriately
Modified tests/ homework assignments Student must complete the same coursework as non-disabled peers