About Student Accessibility and Support Services
We are happy that you are considering Rider University as your college of choice. Any student with a disability who is thinking about attending Rider should be aware of the differences between high school and college. Your rights and responsibilities change once you enter the postsecondary environment. It is important to understand the process of requesting accommodations as it is substantially different from the K-12 process.
As a college student you decide whether or not to disclose your disability to the SASS office. After enrollment you can disclose your disability at any time by completing the Confidential Self-Disclosure Form. You will then need to provide appropriate documentation regarding your disability. Please refer to the Documentation Guidelines to understand what documentation would be appropriate.
Be aware that high school accommodations and services do not automatically transfer to college. Having a diagnosis does not necessarily mean you are eligible for academic accommodations. Accommodations are provided to students whose disability significantly limits their academic functioning. An IEP in and of itself is rarely sufficient documentation to secure accommodations, which are determined by review of documentation, intake interview with the student, and staff professional judgement.
In addition to accommodations, SASS offers coaching and consultation to students with documented disabilities. We are happy to speak with you at admissions events for prospective students to address any questions or concerns. You can also email us at: [email protected] to request an appointment to discuss our services with a SASS staff member.
Please use the following links to learn more.
- How is College Different from High School (PDF)
- Difference Between High School and College for Students with Disabilities (PDF)
- Know Your Rights and Responsibilities (Office for Civil Rights)
- Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (PDF)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF)
- Blind/Low Vision (PDF)
- Chronic Medical/Health/Orthopedic Disability (PDF)
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing (PDF)
- Learning Disability (PDF)
- Neurological/Traumatic Brain Injury (PDF)
- Psychological/Psychiatric Disability (PDF)