Disability Services: Knowing Your
Rights and Responsibilities
As a student with a disability, it is important for you to know that Luther College not only strives to comply with ADA and Section 504 requirements, but also prides itself on creating a learning environment responsive to all students. If you are a student with a disability, it is important for you to know that you have the right to equal access of all programs provided on this campus. However, it is important for you to realize that college is different from high school in many ways.
First, you have more choices, both in how you schedule your daily activities and how you access services. You will find that establishing reasonable accommodations for your disability will be a different process than the IEP or 504 plans you had in high school. Knowing and preparing for these differences before you start your first semester on campus will save you time and trouble.
The major differences are:
(1.) The student, not the school, initiates the process.
(2.) You are responsible for providing documentation of your disability (from appropriate professionals). This includes documentation of what accommodations worked in the past.
(3.) Decisions on accommodations are made on an individual basis. Accommodations may vary from class to class and be different for individuals with the same disability.
(4.) Accommodations must be reviewed / renewed at the start of each academic semester.