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ERIC Number: EJ1048787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Providing Support to Postsecondary Students with Disabilities to Request Accommodations: A Framework for Intervention
Summers, Jean Ann; White, Glen W.; Zhang, E.; Gordon, Jeffrey M.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v37 n3 p245-260 Fall 2014
Federal laws supporting the rights of students with disabilities to access postsecondary education have helped to facilitate a significant increase in the number of individuals with disabilities enrolling in postsecondary institutions. The rate at which these students complete their education, however, continues to lag behind the rate of students who do not have disabilities. This conceptual paper reviews the literature to provide an overview of the supports offered to students with disabilities in postsecondary settings as well as barriers and gaps in that support. Primary gaps include the lack of tools for Disability Support Services staff to use in providing appropriate training to students to enhance their ability to self-advocate for accommodations. The authors then present a conceptual framework for and a description of a training curriculum that is intended to address these gaps. The training includes an online, interactive tutorial that offers knowledge about rights, procedures for accessing accommodations, and a self-assessment for students to learn about appropriate accommodations to meet their individualized needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)
Grant or Contract Numbers: 8133G09022