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Are colleges and Universities doing all they can to include


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Posted Oct 30, 2002 at 11:56:42 AM
Subject: Are colleges and Universities doing all they can to include

If there is anyone out there who can provide some assistance to me in regards to Colleges and Universities and inclusion on the social and classroom levels involving students with minor to major physical disabilities please do respond. In my postion I find that in may cases the college not only accepts the student knowing that the facilties are not completely up to code but that they then do nothing about it. Money seems to be the major issue along with greed. Have we as educators really placed that much of a price on everything that it now interacts with the well being and social inclusion of our students whom we plegde to educate. I am constanlty blown as I learn more and more about the topic. Colleges and Universities simply do not do all they can in many cases.

I am conducting a disabiltiy awareness program in the next couple of weeks that I hope will shed some light on these issues. Those of you who can give some support or knowledge about the topic please do so.

Thank you
Angela

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Posted:Nov 01, 2002 12:12:15 PM

I'd need to agree. Institutions are eager to be seen as being in compliance with the ADA but too many of them strive for nothing more than bare bones compliance.

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Angela:

My niece, who has the most severe learning disabilities of anyone I have ever met, is in her 3rd year in a special program for learning disabled students. It's at Humboldt State University which is in Arcata, California. I'll even hook you up with her if you would like to phone her. If I am not mistaken, there are around 400 students in this program. I have heard that there ia a college in Arizona that accommodates the LD population, but I don't know the name. You can contact me at erin@apadley.com.

Erin

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Posted:Dec 29, 2002 10:13:03 AM

No, lots of colleges and universities do exactly what you report - that is - they do nothing because they do not want to spend the money to help educate those with learning challenges. Many colleges will say one thing (how accomodating they are) and then provide very little real accomodations (do something else, that is, almost nothing).

It costs colleges and universities no money to do nothing; as long as the students pay their tuition payments on time, many colleges and universities don't care. Of course, almost all colleges and universities have good public relations departments and they will never admit that they choose not to serve all the students' needs - even if they have to fib about it. That's my observation.

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Angela,
I would be interested in what you have learned. If you have found colleges that are good about including LD accomodations could you please share those with me as well? I am on the PTSA board at our high school and this has been the project I am researching this year. My 9th grade son has dyslexia, Epilepsy, ADHD inattentive type (as a result of the seizure disorder) and a brain injury resulting from a seizure. The high school system so far has been horrendous in meeting his needs. I dread the thought of fighting a college for every human right he should be afforded.

I also will be on the county level PTA next year and my goal also is public awareness. I believe that the first thing in this battle is making the public sensitive to kids and adults with learning disabilities and any other type of "invisible OHI" . When it becomes politically incorrect to treat these people as substandard THEN things may begin to change.
I would welcome your insite, as well as your goals in this area.
Brigett
PS what state are you in?

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Angela,
I would be interested in what you have learned. If you have found colleges that are good about including LD accomodations could you please share those with me as well? I am on the PTSA board at our high school and this has been the project I am researching this year. My 9th grade son has dyslexia, Epilepsy, ADHD inattentive type (as a result of the seizure disorder) and a brain injury resulting from a seizure. The high school system so far has been horrendous in meeting his needs. I dread the thought of fighting a college for every human right he should be afforded.

I also will be on the county level PTA next year and my goal also is public awareness. I believe that the first thing in this battle is making the public sensitive to kids and adults with learning disabilities and any other type of "invisible OHI" . When it becomes politically incorrect to treat these people as substandard THEN things may begin to change.
I would welcome your insite, as well as your goals in this area.
Brigett
PS what state are you in?

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