Rights and Responsibilities

Students with disabilities have the right to be treated fairly and in a non-discriminatory fashion. They should be able to discuss their academic needs and supports in a non-judgmental setting. Information about a student’s disability should be treated confidentially and respectfully. Students should be able to work collaboratively with staff and faculty to identify necessary supports for success. Information about disability support services and the physical and programmatic access should be readily available.

Students with disabilities also have responsibilities. They need to investigate and fully understand the academic and pragmatic requirements of their chosen course of study. Students should know disclosing a disability on an application or prior to enrollment does not mean accommodations will be provided automatically.  Students with disabilities need to contact their school’s Disability Support Services office or inform faculty and professors in a timely manner of needs in relation to their disability. Students should be self-determined and practical.

This information on disclosure is derived from “The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities” prepared by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. The workbook can be downloaded in its entirety from http://www.ncwd-youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure as a .pdf or .mp3 file.

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