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ERIC Number: EJ1227145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2473-2826
Access versus Success: Services for Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
Sassu, Kari
Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, spec iss p19-24 Spr 2018
Increasingly, students with disabilities are pursuing postsecondary education at two-year and four-year universities as well as vocational schools (OCR, 2011a). According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (1999), during the 1995-1996 academic year, approximately 6 percent of the undergraduate population reported having a disability. By 2007-2008, approximately 11 percent of the undergraduate population reported having a disability (NCES, 2013). The National Center for Special Education Research (2005) reported that nearly a third of students with disabilities pursued some form of postsecondary education (e.g., four-year colleges, two-year colleges or vocational schools) within two years of leaving high school. According to one longitudinal study, individuals in certain disability categories were more likely to pursue postsecondary education; 78% of youth with visual impairments, 72% of those with hearing impairments, 58% of students with autism, 55% of those with speech/ language disabilities, 55% of those with deaf-blindness, 55% of those with other health impairments, 54% of individuals with orthopedic impairments, and 52% of youth with traumatic brain injuries enrolled in education beyond high school (NCSER, 2005). By comparison, fewer youth with emotional disturbances (34%), multiple disabilities (35%) or intellectual disabilities (27%) enrolled in postsecondary educational opportunities (NCSER, 2005). As the postsecondary student population diversifies with regard to presentation and need, it is critically important to examine the rights of these students as well as the legal obligations of those who work in higher education. Without a clearly developed understanding of such, many of those who serve in the capacity of postsecondary educator may not only be putting ourselves and their employing institutions at risk for litigation, but also underserving their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504); Americans with Disabilities Act 1990
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A