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Education -- Postsecondary Self-Advocacy Resources

The Higher Education Self-Advocacy Packet includes information for individuals with all types of disabilities and includes a college checklist and sample request for reasonable accommodation.

The Higher Education Self-Advocacy Packet for Individuals with Mental Illness includes much of the same information as the general packet as well as information specific to individuals with mental illness.


Helpful Higher Education Websites & Resources

The U.S. Department of Education-Office of Civil Rights is the federal agency tasked with ensuring equal access to education by serving student populations, including students with disabilities, facing discrimination.  One of OCR’s main responsibilities is resolving complaints of discrimination.  OCR’s reading room on ADA/504 has “Dear Colleague” letters covering a variety of issues and several publications, such as:

The U.S. Department of Justice ADA Home page has general resources about rights under the ADA. The US DOJ issued guidance on testing accommodations in September 2015.

The ADA, Section 504 and Postsecondary Education is a FAQ sheet providing information on the ADA, Section 504, how they differ, and how they affect postsecondary education.

Campus Mental Health from the Bazelon Center is a guide for students providing  information to assist them in finding help and protecting their legal rights with regards to their mental health while a college or university student.

Deaf Students and Secondary Ed outlines the rights of students, and the obligations universities and colleges have to those students who are deaf. It also provides information regarding the federal laws that dictate those rights and obligations.

NALSWD FAQ for Law Applicants contains frequently asked questions for individuals with disabilities who are applying to law school. It includes information on classifying disabilities, what questions to ask, and how to choose which school will be the best fit.

Students with Mental Health Impairments from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a guide for students and higher education institutions that is designed to help employers and educators determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It focuses on complying with policies regarding students with mental health impairments.  JAN has many other resources regarding ideas for accommodations at work for specific disabilities or medical conditions that may be helpful to students.

The National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities at George Washington University has several resources that may be helpfulin preparing for post-secondary education and understanding the role of Disability Services offices, etc.

  • Click here for a summary of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and the provisions that improve access to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities and a listing of the model projects for students with intellectual disabilities at 2 and 4 year institutions of higher learning.

Wrightslaw -- www.wrightslaw.com -- is commonly used for information and advocacy tools for K-12 special education issues, but the site also has resources regarding higher education and students with disabilities.

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