Transitioning from High School

Students transitioning from high school to UAA need to:

Make an appointment with DSS, provide current diagnostic and evaluative reports,then request reasonable accommodations that are supported by documentation.

Reasonable accommodations include modifications and adjustments that do not fundamentally alter or lower the standards of an instructional program.

Students may receive reasonable accommodations to “level the playing field” but these accommodations are meant to ensure equal access not to guarantee success.

UAA Resources 

Students are highly encouraged to participate in the annual high school transition event coordinated by Disability Support Services. Students come onto campus in the spring for a campus tour, pizza lunch, and chance to hear from current UAA students, staff, and faculty. 

Students are also encouraged to attend new student orientation and to enroll in Guidance 150 (GUID 150): College Survival Skills. Both of these opportunities strengthen connections to important resources.


Students need to be their own advocate.

High School students may be used to having parents speak for them. It can be hard to ask for help, to discuss disability openly. We understand that and try to provide a safe environment, but students must learn to advocate for themselves at the University.

Transition Handouts

Students, Parents, and Transition Coordinators may want to print the following handout, brochure, and chart

Transitioning to UAA Handout: An introduction to the accommodation process, overview of services and accommodations, and content from a brochure published in July 2002 which clarifies the rights and responsibilities of the school and the student as they apply in the school district versus in institutions of higher education.

The brochure is a great resource for students and their parents that can also be ordered free of charge by calling 1-877-4-ED-PUBS or visiting the US Department of Education website at

It can be useful to see a comparison of the ADA, 504, and IDEA. This chart provides a concise side by side, broken down by specific issue.


Transition Resource

Going to College

This is a highly interactive website for high school students with disabilities who are transitioning to college. It includes information on topics such as:

  • Faculty expectations
  • Getting accommodations
  • Sharing your disability
  • Getting good grades
  • Exploring technology
  • and more