Redefining the Classroom

Information for Prospective Students

Lake Superior State University is committed to making individuals with disabilities full participants in it's programs, services and activities.

Information High School Student Should Understand Prior to Applying for Postsecondary Education

  • An image of an A+ test and a statement that extended time helps students maximize academic success.Colleges do not provide personal aides but may assist in making arrangements.
  • Generally extended time on tests, but not unlimited time, depends on curriculum.
  • Usually no extra time is given to complete homework assignments, projects, term papers, etc., unless individual instructors agree to it.
  • No modified assignments, such as shortened length.
  • Confidentiality of educational records (FERPA) which does not allow parents to discuss information without a student release form.
  • The typical college schedule demands very different time management skills compared to high school.
  • No resource room or special education classes.
  • Colleges may rely less on human readers/scribes and more on technology.
  • Colleges rely on diagnostic information to assist students but do not use an IEP process. 
  • Documentation requirements vary from one institution to another.  It is important to become informed as to what is required at each. 

FERPA -  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act A cartoon of a student realizing that he is in control of his options.

Housing Accommodations

Please note that Disability Services looks at single rooms requests on a case-by-case basis and may not be able to approve requests for single rooms based on a student’s desire to have a quiet, undisturbed place to study. By virtue of the shared facilities, resources, and number of people living in the residence halls, a single room does not provide for such quiet, distraction-free space to any appreciable degree beyond living in a standard double room.

A cartoon of a student questioning his optionsLSSU has many quiet spaces that may be used for studying.  The KJS Library, on all three floors, offers quiet spaces for studying.  There is also a quiet study room within the Learning Center on the lower level of the Library.  Most of our dorms have designated quiet study spaces.  The Walker Cisler Center also has quiet space available.


Preparing High School Students for Postsecondary Education Success

The Student will:

  • Advocate for educational needs by being able to identify and discuss specific educational and/or physical challenges.
  • Be able to discuss accommodations that have been beneficial.
  • Be able to consider and determine what the impact personal educational and/or physical challenges may have on postsecondary education and the student’s choice of field of study.
  • Recognize and understand that IDEA ends when he/she leaves K-12 and how this affects him/her.
  • Have an understanding of ADA and Section 504 and develop knowledge of her/his specific rights in regards to a postsecondary education.
  • May need to request a re-evaluation prior to high school graduation if receiving Special Education services.
  • Request  that the school  provide to the student  a copy of current and thorough evaluation information that identifies the student’s educational level of performance to help determine  functional limitations (this should be provided just prior to graduation or right after graduation).
  • Be familiar with the requirements and available services of the office of disability services at the postsecondary institution(s) for which the student has expressed interest in attending.
  • Understand the standard process in college – sharing an “accommodation” letter with professors and coordinating accommodations themselves.
  • Be able to clearly and effectively discuss personal educational needs with professors (simulation practice in high school recommended).
  • Be able to identify techniques, technology, accommodations, etc. that have been beneficial to the student (screen readers, speech-to-text software, scribe devices, etc.)
  • Become skilled in the use of the latest assistive technology (see previous examples).
  • Learn time management skills.

Adapted from MI-Ahead (

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