ERIC Number: ED171031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Access to Higher Education: Mainstreaming on the Campus.
Ardi, Dana; Palmer, Glenda U.
Recent legislation, notably Public Law 94-142 (Education for All Handicapped Children Act), has mandated mainstreaming of the handicapped in educational settings, including the college and university campus. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also requires colleges and universities to accept qualified applicants regardless of handicap. The key concept of Section 504 is the principle of access, that is, physical access must be provided by each institution of higher learning. There has been a wide variety of response to this mandate, including such architectural modifications as building ramps, curb cuts, lowering of telephones and water fountains, and wider entrances. Special services and programs are being offered, including brochures and college catalogues describing special programs; personal, vocational and para-medical counselinq; and interpreters for the deaf. Changing misconceptions about the abilities of the handicapped is an important step in mainstreaming this population. Funding for these changes is another major concern of college and university administrators which can be handled by setting up timetables for the needed changes and seeking cost-effective solutions to topographical and architectural barriers. Some handicaps, such as learning disabilities, require academic planning and course modifications. The three major models being used by most universities for delivery of services to the handicapped are: a highly centralized, complete, and direct service program; a highly coordinated, and decentralized program; and a loosely coordinated program. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session F-81)