Frequently Asked Questions
Entering college can be overwhelming and confusing. The Accessibility Support Center (ASC) is committed to making the student's Cabrillo experience a positive and successful one. The questions and answers below often come from students new to ASC. If you have a question that is not listed below, please reach out to us and schedule an appointment with a counselor.
Often, but not always. College services are not automatic. In order to get accommodations in college, the student needs to initiate the request, the ASC is not notified of the need for services unless you tell us. 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 Disabilities.
Rather than creating an individual plan for each student, the goal in college is to provide accommodations and equal access to all students. Colleges are required to follow Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other relevant laws. ADA requires that an "otherwise qualified individual with a disability" not be discriminated against in a public setting on the basis of their disability.
For more information: please read the U.S. Department of Education publication, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.
It is the students responsibility. While the college provides many types of information about college services and accommodations for students with disabilities, ultimately it is the student's responsibility to seek out services.
Yes! We accept documentation from your previous institution. However, in college, the student is responsible for providing the documentation to the ASC.
The college will not initiate contact with parents. When students enroll in college they are considered to be, and are treated as, responsible adults by both faculty and staff. Parents who call for information about their child's status will be encouraged to speak directly with the students.
In college, students are expected to 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. Parents/guardians are encouraged to get information from their students, or in the case when a student is conserved or is not capable of advocating for themselves, parents/guardians can request their student sign a 2-way release form to give them access to information.
An accommodation cannot alter the fundamental nature of, or requirements for any course or program.
Not generally. The college is not responsible for providing classroom or one-on-one aides to any student enrolled at the college. Prior to attending classes, it is important for students with personal attendants to meet with the counselors in the ASC. Counselors will explain the aide's role and responsibilities.
Although we cannot guarantee that you will receive services at another college, we will be happy to send your information to another college per your signed consent of release.