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ERIC Number: EJ961676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
The Legal Context for Serving Students with Learning Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
Keenan, Walter R.; Shaw, Stan F.
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v17 n2 p55-62 Spr-Sum 2011
The legal basis for serving students with learning disabilities at the K-12 level is predominantly derived from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This federal law provides for substantive education support for students with learning disabilities through an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). However, because the IDEA does not apply to postsecondary education, qualified students with learning disabilities in postsecondary education find their rights now derived from two antidiscrimination laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the legal rights of postsecondary students with learning disabilities. This will include a comparison of student rights under the IDEA to the student's under the ADA and Section 504, a discussion of the recent amendments to the ADA, and information related to the documentation of learning disabilities that must be provided to the postsecondary institution.
Learning Disabilities Association of America. 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. Tel: 412-341-1515; Fax: 412-344-0224; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary 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; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)