Chaffey College DPS extends to individuals with developmental, learning, physical, psychological
disabilities the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for increased selfactualization
and independence. These skills may also be used to gain a college degree or for
vocational development leading to employment.
Disability Programs and Services has been designed to respond on an individual basis to the needs
of Chaffey College students with disabilities that are eligible for services and serve them in
accordance with Title 5 Regulations. The aim is to intervene when a developmental, learning,
physical, and/or psychological limitation interferes with the instructional process provided by the
College. This allows students an equal opportunity to the same quality education as any other
student. With the growing awareness on the part of all people regarding human rights and equal
access, all students need to understand that it is ability not disability that counts.
High School High Schools are governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). College
Colleges are governed by the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act but not governed by IDEA.
High School Parents are notified and required by law to give permission for any decisions regarding their son or
The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FRPA) mandates that the college cannot release any
information concerning an adult over the age of 18 unless the student has given explicit written
DIFFERENCES IN RESPONSIBILITY
High School The school is responsible for the right to education for all children. College
The student is responsible to choose whether or not to attend college, to demonstrate qualifications
for college attendance, and to compete with other adults for classroom seats.
The school is responsible for a free disability evaluation and documentation. College
The student is responsible for providing current documentation of their disability to the college.
The school is responsible for an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that determines placement and
appropriate support services. College
The student is responsible for planning his/her own education, identifying resources, and requesting
High School The school is responsible for implementing the IEP, making services available and including them in
the schedule. College The student is responsible for implementing their own academic plan and requesting services each
time they are needed.
High School The school is responsible for fundamental curriculum alterations to allow individualized goals and
The student is responsible for meeting the unaltered fundamental college academic standards,
standard course objectives, code of conduct, and program requirements.
High School The school is responsible to provide personal services such as transportation, mobility between
classes, or content tutoring beyond that offered by the regular classes. College
The student is responsible to provide their own personal services to assure their own independence
High School The school administrators, teachers and parents advocate for students. College
The student is responsible to advocate for him/herself.
High School The school establishes a class schedule that fills most of the time during the school day. College The student is responsible to plan how to use free time between college classes.
High School High school teachers provide assistance with reading and studying. College The student is responsible for reading text-books, memorizing information, applying concepts,
studying, thinking critically, and writing on his/her own.
High School High school teachers provide regular homework. College The student is responsible for independent learning such as reviewing notes, or studying outside
sources in the library or online. College professors may require only one or two out-of-class
assignment per semester.
High School The school expects students to spend about 2 or 3 hours a day on homework. College The student is responsible for studying an additional 2 hours for every hour in a college class. This
may mean 6 or more hours of studying per day.
High School High school teachers give tests on a regular basis. College The student is responsible to prepare for fewer opportunities to pass tests. College professors may
only give a mid-term and a final test.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR COLLEGE?
Use the support of High School counselors and psychologists to identify your strengths and
interests. Establish realistic academic and career goals before you develop a High School transition
Update your disability documentation. Be sure you have a verification of disability by a licensed
professional such as a medical doctor, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, audiologist, or
ophthalmologist. Be sure the documentation verifies not only the disability but also current
educational limitations. Be sure the documentation directly related to the accommodations you will
be requesting in college. Give a copy of your documentation to the Disability Programs and Services
(DPS) Office before entering college.
Understand and be able to articulate what your disability is, how it affects you, and why you need
the accommodations you are requesting.
Meet with the disability Resource Specialists at the college well before your first semester to
discuss your goals, review your disability documentation, and make your request for
Use the support of DPS during the college enrollment process.
Learn how to use the accommodations similar to those available in college.
Practice good study strategies such as text-book reading, note taking, essay development, and
reviewing course materials regularly.
Learn how to handle freedom of time, making good choices that enhance opportunities for
success. Learn how to balance time with study, work, and relaxation.
Organize your daily schedule, living space, and study materials by using files, notebooks, and a
Identify role models who have successfully followed the path you are choosing. Identify the skills
and strategies they used. Learn from mentors.
Get to know who are the service providers. Know where your resources are in the community
and online. Use these services and resources on a regular basis.
Resources and Links Students with disabilities preparing for post-secondary education know your rights and
responsibilities. U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov/ocr/transition.html