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Transition to Adult Life


Post-Secondary Education Options

Know Your Rights

What academic adjustments must a postsecondary school provide?

The appropriate academic adjustment must be determined based on your disability and individual needs. Academic adjustments may include auxiliary aids and modifications to academic requirements as are necessary to ensure equal educational opportunity.

In providing an academic adjustment, your postsecondary school is not required to lower essential requirements. For example, although your school may be required to provide extended testing time, it is not required to change the substantive content of the test.

In addition, your postsecondary school does not have to make modifications that would fundamentally alter the nature of a service, program or activity or would result in undue financial or administrative burdens.

Finally, your postsecondary school does not have to provide personal attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature, such as tutoring and typing.


Examples of Academic Adjustments

  • arranging for priority registration
  • reducing a course load
  • substituting one course for another
  • providing:
    • note takers
    • recording devices
    • sign language interpreters
    • extended time for testing
    • if telephones are provided in dorm rooms, a TTY in your dorm room
    • equipping school computers with screen-reading, voice recognition or other adaptive software or hardware