Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Institutions: What Higher Education Should Be Doing to Support Them

Abstract

This edition of NASET’s Practical Teacher was written by Kristen Bonanno-Sotiropoulos, a doctoral student at American International College. With the increasing number of students with disabilities attending postsecondary institutions, higher education must be prepared to address, support, and embrace the diversity of needs. Higher education institutions have federal mandates that they have to meet concerning providing accommodations and services for students with disabilities, but are these enough? Students with disabilities may require more than simple accommodations and services in order successfully transition and adapt to college life. For many students with disabilities, support in the areas of self-advocacy, social skills, independence, and academic assistance is needed.

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