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Transitioning from High School to College

From high school to college, students will face many challenges. However, for students with disabilities, the difficulties they encounter will be different. In high school, the laws regarding accommodating students differ from the laws in college. Therefore, it will be helpful for students to familiarize themselves with the main regulations protecting them, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended) and the Rehabilitation Act. Once you understand how the laws can help you, you will be further able to advocate for yourself.  By taking matters into your own hands you will take on the responsibility of learning, and you will fully recognize what you need to do in order to be successful.


In college YOU are responsible for getting the help you need. You must be willing to advocate for yourself to ensure your college experience is successful. Planning in advance and managing your time wisely may be the most important factors in being a successful student. Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) strives to enhance and improve communication, collaboration, and rapport between students with disabilities, the faculty, and the staff. Being a good self advocate may be the most important first step to building a solid foundation into the college community. Remember to:

  • Know Yourself and Your Disability
  • Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
  • Know Where to Go for Help
  • Take Action

Also remember to keep these key ideas in mind:

  • Use time management
  • Develop a Routine
  • Know school policies and procedures
  • Work with your advisers and professors
  • Use resources and any assistance needed for disability management and coursework

View our helpful document to see the differences between College and High School as it related to accommodations.

Differences between College and High School


Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)
Roscoe West Hall, Suite 202
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628


609.637.5082 FAX

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