Transitioning to College

You Must Ask & You Must Tell

We will not seek you out (!) but we ask you to identify yourself. Please review this web site or contact our Accommodations/Disability Resources office for information on application and documentation procedures as well as services and accommodations that you may be eligible for.

Documentation Of  Your Disability

You must provide documentation of your disability, Iowa Lakes will send a release but you are responsible for providing documentation of your disability. Iowa Lakes Community College requires that you provide acceptable documentation of your disability before accommodations and services can be approved. Documentation will be accepted if it is current (usually within three years), comprehensive, and conducted by an appropriate professional practitioner. (See Documentation Guidelines for details on your specific disability). If you have questions, please call or email.

A Special Teacher or Aide is NOT Available

Iowa Lakes Community College provides necessary and reasonable accommodations for a disability. You will not have someone that will monitor your progress, check on assignment completion or class attendance. You are welcome however to make appointments as needed to discuss your learning needs with the Educational Counselors or Success Center Staff. Tutoring is available for all students through the Success Centers.

Academic Performance

The Accommodations/Disability Resources office does not monitor your academic performance. Your success is your responsibility, but we are here for support if you experiencing difficulties or have concerns about your accommodations. We will neither routinely call your instructors to check on your progress nor call to check on the implementation of a requested academic accommodation.

Independent Learning

If your disability impacts your reading, writing, math, time management, or organization skills, we will discuss reasonable accommodations with you and help you get connected with other campus support areas. In Career Technical programs you will spend many hours each week in the class and lab area. In Career Option and Arts and Science courses, you will spend less time with instructors and in the classroom but much more time outside of the classroom studying. During your first semester, you should spend an average of twelve to sixteen hours a week in class and at least thirty hours a week reading and studying on your own outside of the class.

Differences Between High School and College

Comparison of Services and Responsibilities:

  High School Two-year College
Identification of Disability School is responsible Student self-discloses
Assessment of Disability Education and psychology testing is provided by school Student is responsible for setting up and paying for appropriate testing/evals
Requesting Services and Service Disability School staff deliver agreed upon services to the student Student must seek out services by requesting them from appropriate college personnel
Service Duration/Frequency Services are based on an agreed upon time allotment and menu of choices Services are based on situational/individual needs and can change each term
Advocacy Case manager or parents act as advocate Student acts as advocate
Review of Services Annual review and IEP meetings No annual review or IEP meetings; student must provide feedback regarding progress or problems
Parent's Role Regular parent contact No parent contact
Purpose of Services Entitlement law (IDEA); student success Anti-discrimination law (ADA); equal access only
Funding for Services Schools must pay Schools must pay, except for personal attendants/items