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Prospective Students

Student Access and Accommodation Services (SAAS) coordinators are happy to meet with you to discuss accommodations that may assist you if you choose to attend Illinois State University. Please contact us at (309) 438-5853 or visit the office in 350 Fell Hall. If you need resources in an alternate format, please inform us at the time that you schedule your appointment.

Transitioning to the Univeristy

The completion of high school and the transition into adult life offers many choices for a student. For a student with a disability and/or medical/mental health condition, this transition process can be complex and requires specific planning. As a student matures into an independent, productive adult, increased responsibility is necessary and requires the acquisition of new skills to achieve personal goals and success.

If a student's choice is to attend a post-secondary institution, specific knowledge of rights and responsibilities is essential. This brief outline highlights the differences between special education services at the K-12 level and the accommodation process at a post-secondary institution. More specific information may be obtained about the accommodation process at Illinois State University by contacting Student Access and Accommodation Services.

Differences between K–12 and Post-secondary Institutions


  • The student is identified through an assessment.
  • The assessment is provided by school personnel.
  • The appropriate program is determined for the student with parental involvement.
  • An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written to address goals for the student.
  • A Multi-Disciplinary Conference (MDC) is held to assess the student's progress.
  • The student has the right to a free appropriate public education.

Post-secondary Institution

  • The student must self-identify to the disability services office.
  • The student must provide documentation of disability and/or medical/mental health condition. IEP/504 from K-12 do not continue into higher education, but can be good supplemental documentation.
  • Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • The student is responsible for their success or failure.
  • The student has the right to equal access in the University.
  • The student has the responsibility to manage their educational progress.