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ERIC Number: ED535458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3510
Accommodating College Students with Learning Disabilities: ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia
Vickers, Melana Zyla
John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1)
Universities are providing extra time on tests, quiet exam rooms, in-class note-takers, and other assistance to college students with modest learning disabilities. But these policies are shrouded in secrecy. This paper, "Accommodating College Students with Learning Disabilities: ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia," by Melana Zyla Vickers, examines the nature of this assistance and discusses the policy questions it raises. This research report is based on interviews with on-campus experts in learning disabilities, professors who deal with learning-disabled students, and students themselves. It incorporates statistics showing the rise in accommodations for college students' mild learning disabilities. The paper is not about severe disabilities such as autism, brain injuries, or visual or hearing impairment. The rise in accommodation by universities has been fueled by changing diagnoses of learning disabilities and by federal laws. Federal requirements are not, however, as demanding as are laws that apply to K-12 students. Those requirements could change, however, depending on the outcome of a court case currently under consideration. (Contains 58 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)