Transition for Students with Disabilities

For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition to post-secondary education is accurate knowledge about their disability and their rights /responsibilities. Being aware of the differences in K-12 and college environments as well as the college level expectations can help better prepare you for a successful transition. Things that you should consider as a student with a disability:

  • Take a college admission test - We encourage you to review the guidelines for requesting accommodations on standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT. Be sure to work with your guidance counselor to make these types of arrangements.
  • Consider what to include in your personal statement - Having a disability is not a consideration for admission to the University of Dayton. The application to the University of Dayton has a place where applicants are asked to write a personal statement. If you feel your high school performance was adversely affected by disability circumstances, you may want to provide additional information regarding the impact of your disability in your personal statement for consideration by the Admissions Office.
  • Contact the disability services office - While exploring different colleges, it is recommended that you visit our campus and OLR. Many students coordinate these campus visits during their junior year. If you have already been accepted to the University of Dayton and need more specific information about receiving academic accommodations or other learning support services (e.g. tutoring or writing support), please call 937-229-2066 and schedule an appointment.
  • Learn what to expect in college - The services available at the University of Dayton may be different from what you received in high school due to the differences between secondary and post-secondary disability rights statues. The disability documentation that you provide is reviewed and a determination will be issued based on best practices, trained Disability Staff's professional judgment and disability statutes. Academic accommodations offered by OLR are based on the interactive process with you in conjunction with the disability documentation provided.

Learn more about the Differences between K-12 and College-Level Services for Students with Disabilities >>

Read full article from Office of Civil Rights regarding Auxiliary Aides >>

For additional information read article on "Post-Secondary Education: Knowing your Rights and Responsibilities" from Wrights Law >>