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High School vs. College

Have a disability? Understanding some of the differences between high school and college can help you have a smoother transition.

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Teachers and parents remind you of responsibilities.
You manage your own time and course work.
Teachers may initiate contact with you.
You will need to initiate contact with instructors.
Teachers may give notes if you missed class, or provide you with assignments and an extended due date.
Instructors expect you to be prepared for class even when you have missed class.
You may study two to eight hours a week.
You should study an average of two to three hours outside of class for every hour in class.
The school prepares and provides documentation of disability.
Documentation is required, and you (the student) must provide it.
The school proves eligibility.
You (the student) must prove eligibility.
Content of the program is altered to fit you.
Course content is not altered, although the method of learning may be altered.
Parents, teachers, counselors and special education professionals track you and your services each year.
You must identify yourself every semester if you desire services.