High School vs. Post-Secondary Disability Laws
In high school, students are entitled to receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Once they transition out of high school they will have to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at their college, postsecondary school, vocational training programs, and/or workplace. Accommodations will not be made automatically. It is never too early for families and young people to understand the differences between IDEA & ADA and how it will affect them.
• Change in parents' and young persons' roles
• Change in focus from entitlement to eligibility
• Change from services to accommodations
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