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4/14/2014 12:00 AM

Traditional students with disabilities who enroll in college directly after finishing high school tend to come with enough documentation to receive the accommodations they need. And while they may not know your institution’s specific policies and procedures for securing accommodations or understand how disability laws differ from the K–12 world to the higher education environment, they probably understand that accommodations can somehow be made available to them.

However, adult learners often arrive at college without any documentation of their disabilities, and sometimes even without a formal diagnosis.

4/11/2014 12:00 AM

One notable difference between traditional and more seasoned students is that adult learners may have a higher incidence of disabilities and medical conditions by sheer virtue of their age and life experiences. Yet they may be more hesitant than traditional students to seek accommodations and services from your unit.

4/7/2014 12:00 AM

The transition to college can be daunting for any student, but more so for those with learning disabilities. In addition to adjusting to having new peers, new class structure, new professors, and an entirely new environment, students must deal with a dramatically increased amount of reading and writing. Keeping up can become overwhelming.

And because college is the next stepping stone along the path to becoming an independent and productive member of society, many of the supports that were available to students throughout K–12 disappear.

Of Counsel
11/15/2010 12:00 AM

With increasing numbers of students with disabilities choosing to participate in study-abroad opportunities, it’s important you understand the risk involved when it comes to students with mental health and psychiatric conditions.
11/12/2013 10:00 AM
Administrators understand the need to protect essential program and course requirements, but they often don’t understand how that protection must be balanced with the need to ensure equal access for those with disabilities.
3/6/2014 12:00 AM

In many cases, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevents institutions from sharing personally identifiable information from students’ records with individuals who do not have a legitimate educational interest as defined in the act. Knowing how the Family Policy Compliance Office has ruled in cases involving FERPA and students with disabilities could provide guidance for dealing with such situations.


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    Cynthia Gomez

    Cynthia Gomez has been the editor of Disability Compliance for Higher Education since 2005. Since then, she has written and edited articles, pamphlets and books on a variety of disability-related topics. She also regularly attends conferences such as the Association for Higher Education And Disability and others to keep a close pulse on current trends and challenges facing her readers.
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