ERIC Number: ED297668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
A National Survey of Services Provided for Disabled Students in Higher Education. Research Report #19-87.
Sergent, Marie T.; And Others
A nationwide sample of disabled college student service providers was surveyed concerning the services they offer, and the results are represented for large and small institutions in the sample. The needs of disabled students on college campuses have become a national concern over the past 10 years as more disabled persons are exercising their rights to a higher education. As they enter colleges and universities, campus service providers must deal with the question of how best to deliver the services that are most needed. There is a great diversity in the disabilities, so there is a need for specialized services. Studies show that able-bodied students tend to have negative attitudes toward these students on campus, and faculty members with previous experience with disabled students were most receptive to them. It is suggested that one form of support service would be training and educating faculty and staff. In order to collect data on programs and services available, one university disabled student services office established a national data bank for disabled student service providers. The methodology of this survey, which was sponsored by the Association on Handicapped Student Service Programs in Postsecondary Education, the results noted. Institutional characteristics and disabled student services unit characteristics are discussed. Data on the disabled student population and services available are included. Findings show that despite funding dilemmas, a wide variety of services were offered to disabled students in large and small institutions nationwide. This gathering of data may help disabled students in providing an impetus for the development of programs to address yet unmet needs. Contains 8 references. Tables are included. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
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