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ERIC Number: ED445445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Disability Support Services in Higher Education.
Gamble, David
This paper analyzes disability support services in higher education to provide administrators with a clearer understanding of disability support services and the legal requirements for their institutions to provide accommodations to students with disabilities. It begins by discussing the rapid growth in the number of college students with disabilities and in the number of post-secondary disability service providers. Requirements under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are reviewed and include the stipulation that any post-secondary institutions receiving federal dollars must provide qualified students with disabilities an equal educational opportunity. Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act are also described, including the assurance that an individual with a disability cannot be prevented from competing with others as long as he or she meets the same qualifications. The obligation of the student with a disability to identify and document the disabling condition and to request reasonable accommodations is discussed, along with possible accommodations. The paper closes by describing the role of the disability service administrator in determining student eligibility for protection, such as analyzing documentation to ensure that it supports the claim of disability, deciding the nature of reasonable accommodations, and developing institutional policies and procedures. (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)