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ABC’s of Accommodations

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By Roger H. Martin

  • Oct. 30, 2012

ACCORDING to the most recent government figures, about 11 percent of undergraduates, or over two million students, have a disability. Most have learning disabilities, like dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but 15 percent have an orthopedic or mobility impairment; 6 percent have a hearing impairment; and 3 percent are blind or visually impaired.

Although elementary and secondary schools are required by law to attempt to identify students with a disability and document their needs, in college it is the responsibility of students to identify themselves and request services.

Disability offices recommend submitting documentation as soon as a college accepts you, or even reaching out before applying — if for no other reason than to see if a campus is suitable. Students in wheelchairs might not want to consider a college with lots of steep hills.

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