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ERIC Number: EJ846381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Eligibility Assessment Requirements at the Postsecondary Level for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Disconnect with Secondary Schools?
Gormley, Shannon; Hughes, Charles; Block, Lydia; Lendmann, Christy
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v18 n1 p63-70 Win 2005
In order to gain access to services at universities and colleges, students with learning disabilities must provide documentation of their disability. However, secondary schools are not required by law to provide the documentation often requisite at the postsecondary level. Also, it appears that secondary schools may collect even less psychometric data if proposed changes to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act 1997 are adopted during the current reauthorization process. This disconnect between what is provided and what is needed in terms of eligibility requirements has become a hot topic in the field. Recently, the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities held a discussion on this issue, and it was decided that an initial piece of information needed for examining this issue was data about postsecondary institutions' of higher education eligibility requirements. This study presents findings about the eligibility requirements of 104 colleges and universities in 36 states. Results show several variables highlighting the discontinuity between evaluation data collected in high school and what is required at the university level, which include evaluation currency, examiner qualifications, areas of diagnosis, use of adult-normed tests, use of discrepancy, and establishment of functional impact. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997; Rehabilitation Act 1973