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U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights produced a pamphlet which provides information on the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who plan to attend a postsecondary institution. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of postsecondary schools to provide academic adjustments to ensure that they do not discriminate on the basis of disability. This pamphlet was originally produced in 2002, but has undergone several revisions since then. The most recent revision was September, 2011.
Read the pamphlet by clicking the link above or order a copy by:
Phone: 1-877-433-7827 (1-877-4-EDPUBS)
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This guide provides information including specific sections on sexual discrimination, violence, Title IX, transgender student rights, disabled student rights, student civil rights and many more. Each section has additional advice for what to do if any of these rights are violated. There is also a section covering common questions students might have.
Higher Education Opportunity Act
Public Law 110-315 August 14, 2008
Subpart 2 - Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education
Sec. 767 Provided funds to institutions of higher education to establish model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities that:
Subpart 3 - Commission on Accessible Materials; Programs to Support Improved Access to Materials
This law also established an Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities to conduct a study to:
It also provided support for model demonstration programs that encouraged the development of systems to improve the quality of postsecondary instructional materials in specialized formats and the timely delivery of such materials, including systems to improve efficiency and reduce duplicative efforts across multiple institutions of higher education.
Subpart 4, Sec 777 National Technical Assistance Center; Coordinating Center
The law provided grant funds for a National Technical Assistance Center with the purpose of providing information and technical assistance to students with disabilities and their families including:
This section also included assistance to higher ed institutions:
"NSTTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders to (a) implement and scale up evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implement policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieve 100% compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13."
"NCSET provides technical assistance and disseminates information focused on four major areas of national significance for youth with disabilities and their families —
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