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This report discusses the outcomes of a survey of 2-year and 4-year postsecondary education institutions (n=5,040) about students with disabilities. It includes information about enrollment of postsecondary students with disabilities and support services and accommodations. Results found: (1) an estimated 428,280 students with disabilities were enrolled at 2-year and 4-year postsecondary educational institutions in 1996-97 or 1997-98; (2) learning disability was the most frequent disability with almost half of the students with disabilities in this category; (3) 72 percent of the institutions enrolled students with disabilities; (4) almost all of the institutions that enrolled students with disabilities (98 percent) had provided at least one support service or accommodation, with most providing alternative examination formats or additional time; (5) public institutions were more likely than private institutions to have provided a service or accommodation; (6) almost all (95 percent) of the institutions provided at least one kind of educational material or activity for faculty and staff designed to assist them in working with students with disabilities; and (7) 28 percent of the institutions indicated that their counts of students with disabilities include only those students to whom services or accommodations were provided. Appendices include the survey questionnaire and tables of standard errors. (CR)

Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Accessibility (for Disabled), College Attendance, College Students, Disabilities, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Incidence, National Surveys, Questionnaires, School Guidance, Student Personnel Services, Student Records, Tables (Data), Testing Accommodations

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Autor: Lewis, Laurie; Farris, Elizabeth


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