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Rising Enrollments of Students with Disabilities at Higher Education Institutions

June 29, 2011

College and other post-secondary enrollments of students with disabilities continue to rise in the United States - with 88 percent of the institutions reporting enrolling students with disabilities in the 2008-2009 school years. This, coupled with recent legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act, has generated significant interest in research on how accessible higher education opportunities are for those students with disabilities. Researchers defined a disability as a mental or physical condition that causes functional limitations which affect major life activities, such as communication, mobility and learning. This report represents only students who identified themselves as having a disability to their institution; those are the only students with disabilities that a higher education institution can report on. The study found that, for the 2008-09 academic year, 88 percent of two-year and four-year Title IV Federal Student Aid granting programs reported enrolling students with disabilities. Additionally, 99 percent of all public two-year and four-year institutions reported enrolling students with disabilities. To read more, click here

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