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ERIC Number: ED207412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Section 504: Help for the Learning Disabled College Student.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973 and its implications for learning disabled adults desiring a postsecondary education are examined, and suggestions for services that might best meet the needs of this group are offered. Section 504 is a basic civil rights provision aimed at ending discrimination against handicapped citizens. According to the regulation, schools were given one year to perform a self-evaluation of their services relative to the handicapped (by 1978) and three years to fully implement the law (1980). The regulation is applicable to all postsecondary educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. In colleges and universities, recruitment, admissions, and treatment of students must be free of discrimination. Reasonable modification of academic requirements must be made, which might include extension of time for completing programs or adaptation of the way certain courses are conducted. Students with impaired sensory or manual skills must be informed about auxiliary aids provided through charitable or governmental organization. Among the services needed most often by the learning disabled students are diagnostics, program guidance, individual or group tutoring, and instructor intervention. It is suggested that the current controversy over what constitutes a learning disability and which testing instruments can accurately diagnose this handicap, as well as the variation from student to student in type of deficit and degree of disability, may make it difficult for learning disabled students to receive needed services. Additional considerations pertaining to admissions, academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, administration and enforcement, cost, and attitudes are addressed. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Students, Ancillary School Services, College Admission, College Students, Disabilities, Educational Diagnosis, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Learning Disabilities, Student Needs, Student Recruitment
Landmark School, Prides Crossing, MA 01965 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)