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Reflection on Students with Learning Disabilities in Higher Education

Backgrounder: A large number of students requesting accommodations in higher education settings have learning disabilities while increasing numbers have attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injury, or autism spectrum disorders. This course will emphasize supporting students with learning disabilities, but will also enable students to explore a variety of issues related to students who have difficulty learning in traditional classrooms and formats. Topics will include the transition experience of students with learning disorder labels, interpreting educational assessments, understanding the spectrum of learning disabilities and the need for accommodations, and collaborating with faculty to support student success.


Assignment – Personal Reflection:

Your responses should be SUBSTANTIVE (but, not overly exhaustive): Be sure to provide enough reference information in your responses so that we can find the page/quotation/etc. that you are referring to or discussing in your responses.



Answer the Questions:

1)  In your opinion, what is the purpose and role of an Office of Disability Services as it relates to students with learning disability labels at an institution of Higher Education? HINT: Be sure to speak to the laws such as: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). Reasonable accommodations

2)  What models, theories, experiences, and ideas inform your opinion? 

HINT: Social Model

3)      What is your interest in Disability Support Services?

HINT: Advocacy

APA format is required.

Length: 2 Pages


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