Oberlin College has a long and rich history of recognizing and supporting diversity including providing resources for students with disabilities. The college actively continues support for students with disabilities through its Disability Resources, college staff, and college faculty.
Admission to Oberlin College
By law, a student need not disclose their disability, either before or after admission to the college. However, a student may choose to disclose a disability during the admission process or after enrollment.
The student with a disability must be "otherwise qualified" and meet the same academic standards for admission as any other student. In order to receive accommodations as a student with a disability, the student must self-identify to Disability Resources staff and complete the registration process.
While Oberlin has many resources available to all students, Disability Resources at the Center for Student Success provides accommodations specifically for students with disabilities. Disability Resources does not provide such personal services as transportation or personal aides.
Transitioning to Higher Education
Different rules govern disability resources in college than in K-12 programs (IDEA no longer applies and college students have no IEP); therefore, accommodations at Oberlin may vary from those previously received in high school. In college, it is the student’s right and responsibility to request accommodations, as privacy laws actually restrict the sharing of certain types of information with others (including parents) without the student's expressed, written consent.
The staff of Disability Resources is available to assist students during their transition to Oberlin and throughout their college experience.