Resources for Students

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is an arm of the U.S. Department of Education whose mission “is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.”  OCR has produced the following documents that may be helpful in understanding the law as it relates to postsecondary institutions.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

This webpage has important information for high school students with disabilities who plan to continue their education in postsecondary schools. The information can help students prepare for successful transition from high school to college.

Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities

This webpage reviews the obligations of higher education institutions to serve students with disabilities. It also includes answers to questions commonly asked by students and representatives of postsecondary institutions about accommodations.

ADA Q & A: Section 504 and Postsecondary Education

Common questions are answered here related to the ADA and postsecondary education.