We receive many questions around some
common themes from families who have college
students with disabilities, and from students
themselves. We have collected the most commonly
asked questions and answered them, referencing
Cabrillo's policies, procedures and practices, as
well as federal law. We hope this clears up some
questions before issues may arise. If not, please
contact us at the numbers listed below.
Question: Are the services my child received in high school, on his or her 504 or Individual Education Plan (IEP) automatically guaranteed in college?
College services are not automatic. Each college
(following relevant federal, state and local law)
determines a student's eligibility for
accommodations, including which auxiliary aids are
appropriate. For detailed information about
auxiliary aids and services, we recommend the U.S.
Department of Education publication, Auxiliary
Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with
Can a parent advocate for her/his adult child now
that s/he is a college student?
Answer: In college, students formally advocate for themselves, as they are adults. ASC staff will meet with students to hear their concerns and help them identify what actions they, the students, may decide to take.
Can a parent or school district provide
documentation of a disability for a student
enrolling in college?
Answer: We are happy to accept previous documentation. In college, the student, alone, is responsible for providing the documentation to the ASC.
Question: Can students expect, as part of their accommodations in college, that fundamental alterations to any particular program or course of study will be permitted, as was the case in K-12?
In college, an accommodation will not alter
the fundamental nature of, or requirements for, any
course or program.
Question: Who takes responsibility that all appropriate services are delivered to my child now that s/he is in college?
Answer: While the college provides many types of information about college services for students with disabilities, ultimately it is the student's responsibility to seek out services.
Question: As a concerned parent, whom might I hold responsible for my child's progress or lack of progress?
Answer: The student alone is responsible for his or her progress.
Question: Is it the college's responsibility to make contact with the student's parents on a regular basis or as a result of any situation (i.e. disciplinary) that may arise?
The college will not initiate contacts with parents.
When students enroll in college they are considered
to be, and are treated as, responsible adults by
both faculty and staff. If a parent calls for
information about their child's status, the parent
will be encouraged to speak directly with the
Question: If I believe my son or daughter's disability will have an impact on his/her attendance in classes, will ASC be able to give an appropriate accommodation for this?
The ASC as no authority to decide on matters
which are part of the instructor's domain such as
attendance, class assignments, or timelines.
Question: Is the college responsible for providing classroom or one-on-one aides for my child, as was done in high school?
The college is not responsible for providing
classroom or one-on-one aides to any student
enrolled at the college. Prior to registering for
classes, it is important for any aides provided by
parents or outside agencies who accompany students
in the classroom to meet with the counselors in the
ASC. This provides an opportunity for all to fully
understand the aide's role and responsibilities.
We hope these questions and answers have
been helpful and informative. We encourage you to
contact the Accessibility Support Center for further
(831) 479-6379 or (831) 479-6370
(831) 479-6421 (TTY for hearing impaired)
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.