The Student Support Services Department of the Simi Valley Unified School District offers a wide variety of services to help students, staff and parents service students with special needs. We look forward to working with you and your child!
Student Support for College-Bound Students
While there are no IEPs in college, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 still protects students from discrimination when they get to college. But the process of requesting and receiving accommodations is that students have to seek out the supports that colleges offer. To do this, he/she needs to understand her learning issues and be able to talk about them.
Here’s a look at three types and some tips on how to help access these kinds of supports in college.
1. Support That Is Available to All Students
Most colleges make some kinds of supports available to all students. These supports typically are free. They tend to include:
- A writing lab to help students work on their writing assignments
- A math lab
- Tutoring by student peers
Remember that in college it’s up to students to seek out these supports. It's important to use them at the beginning of the first semester rather than waiting until he/she is at risk of failing a course. For example, make sure you know where the labs are and when they’re open.
2. Accommodations for Students With Documented Disabilities
If a student has a documented disability and is willing to tell the college, accommodations may be made available. Some examples include:
- Audiobooks and other assistive technology
- Copies of the professor’s notes
- Untimed tests
- A private room for taking tests
- Alternative formats for tests
Students can apply for accommodations at any time by contacting the college’s office of disability services. Students will also need to show professors a letter approving the accommodations.
If you are thinking about attending Moorpark College and believe you may qualify, contact the ACCESS program at 805-378-1461
3. Special College Programs
Some colleges offer programs that are tailored for students with documented disabilities. Usually a few steps are needed to get into these special programs:
- An admissions process in addition to the college’s regular admissions process
- An interview with someone from the program
- A fee on top of the school’s regular tuition
For many students, the extra resources are worth the extra cost. The advantages to these programs include:
- Tutoring by professionals (as opposed to peer-to-peer tutoring)
- Workshops on study skills and time management
- Advisors who can talk to professors about a student’s progress or need for accommodations
Rein, Jim. Are there IEPs and 504 Plans in College? https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/choosing-starting-school/leaving-high-school/are-there-ieps-and-504-plans-in-college 31 August 2016.
How are we serving you?
We welcome compliments, concerns, and suggestions for improvement.
Please share your experience with us via our Survey.
If you have suggestions about our Website,
e-mail Wendy Mayea, Webmaster.