Presentation Title

The Struggle in Higher Education for Disabled Students

Faculty Mentor

Suzanne J. Anderson

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 8:45 AM

Location

C308

Session

Oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Disability is an identity which is not yet widely recognized and as such, disabled students often struggle when seeking proper accommodations in higher education. This paper explores the struggles disabled students, and disabled women, have while attempting to reach a post-secondary education, the laws behind these struggles, first hand examples, and some potential solutions. The first section of the paper explains the disability rights laws which protect education and highlights the fact that these laws give greater protection to disabled children's educational rights. Second, the laws protecting higher education give colleges little to no guidelines on how to accommodate their disabled students. Reference is further made to the roll back by the Education Department of 72 documents outlining rights for disabled students in February of 2018. Examples of struggles which students currently encounter include being denied sign language interpreters to complete educational programs or over logged mental health offices. Findings show that chances increase of disabled individuals finding and maintaining employment increases when they have a college degree, therefore, by adopting and continuing to utilize the guidelines and accommodations of K-12 schools, they improve the chances of disabled students both graduating and finding employment.

Keyword:

disabled college students

post-secondary education

disability rights

disabled women

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Nov 17th, 8:30 AM Nov 17th, 8:45 AM

The Struggle in Higher Education for Disabled Students

C308

Disability is an identity which is not yet widely recognized and as such, disabled students often struggle when seeking proper accommodations in higher education. This paper explores the struggles disabled students, and disabled women, have while attempting to reach a post-secondary education, the laws behind these struggles, first hand examples, and some potential solutions. The first section of the paper explains the disability rights laws which protect education and highlights the fact that these laws give greater protection to disabled children's educational rights. Second, the laws protecting higher education give colleges little to no guidelines on how to accommodate their disabled students. Reference is further made to the roll back by the Education Department of 72 documents outlining rights for disabled students in February of 2018. Examples of struggles which students currently encounter include being denied sign language interpreters to complete educational programs or over logged mental health offices. Findings show that chances increase of disabled individuals finding and maintaining employment increases when they have a college degree, therefore, by adopting and continuing to utilize the guidelines and accommodations of K-12 schools, they improve the chances of disabled students both graduating and finding employment.

Keyword:

disabled college students

post-secondary education

disability rights

disabled women