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Differences between K-12 and Postsecondary Education

The University of Washington offers an in-depth analysis of the differences between K-12 and Postsecondary Education for students with disabilities. Specifically explores the legal differences between secondary and postsecondary education, and changes in student responsibilities.

Understanding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights and privacy with respect to their education records. In general, this means that a student's educational record will be kept confidential unless they give permission for the disclose such information. All disability-related information including documentation, accommodation letters, correspondence, and consultations are considered confidential and are managed in accordance with FERPA. As such, the OAE will not release any information regarding your affiliation with the OAE or your accommodations to your parents unless you request that we do so. 

An Open Letter to Parents of Students With Disabilities About to Enter College (PDF)

Jane Jarrow is a leading professional within the disability and higher educational landscape for more than 30 years. As a parent of a college-aged student with a significant disability, Jane speaks to the fears and joys of the transition to college in her open letter account to other parents (pdf).

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education provides information in a pamphlet explaining the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also discusses the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

Heath Resource Center

The Heath Resource Center at George Washington University is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. In addition to publications, Heath provides modules on topics such as Legal Issues, Self-Advocacy, Financial Aid, Working with Faculty, Accommodations, and many others.