ERIC Number: ED482310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Students with Disabilities and Higher Education: A Disconnect in Expectations and Realities.
In spite of almost 30 years of judicial and federal agency interpretation, the issues facing colleges and universities with respect to students with disabilities have become increasingly complex, in part because of the increasing number of college-ready students with disabilities and the expectations they bring to higher education. Many such students do not understand that educators in K-12 have very different obligations than those in higher education. Colleges only have an obligation to ensure that qualified applicants and students with disabilities have access to the colleges program and are provided necessary academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services. The burden is on the student to make known the disability and to provide and pay for appropriate documentation in a timely manner. The institution, unlike K-12 education, is not required to provide programming, such as specialized tutoring. High schools are now required to counsel parents and students that the burden of identifying the students disability and needs shifts after high school. At the same time, college and university administrators need to be aware of student expectations. Higher education administrators would be wise to anticipate and avoid challenges resulting from students erroneous conceptions about the legal requirements of K-12 institutions compared with those of higher education institutions. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. HEATH Resource Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act