Significant Differences between High School and CWRU

High School - Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

  • School district is responsible for identifying children with disabilities
  • Evaluation of disability is the school's responsibility
  • Parent(s) consent to evaluations and advocacy for their child
  • Child's information is accessible to the parent(s)
  • Disability is defined by specific categories

College - Equal access and the opportunity to compete

  • Student must self-identify as having a disability and provide adequate documentation
  • Evaluation of the disability is the student's responsibility
  • Student is responsible for advocacy (e.g., accommodation requests, communicating functional impact of disability, etc.)
  • Student information protected under FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
  • Disability is defined as a significant limitation to a major life function
  • Communication occurs between the Disability Resources office and the student; not the parent.