"Approximately 10 percent of the student population enrolled in post-secondary education has some kind of disability. College students with disabilities are the most recent marginalized group to move toward equal opportunity in education. They are following in the path of low-income persons, racial and ethnic minorities, and women."
Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Disabilities:
A Primer for Policymakers, June 2004
Although the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require that we accommodate and provide equal access to students with disabilities on our campus, certain myths concerning the abilities of students with disabilities continue to exist. Academic goals for a person with disabilities should not imply lower academic standards. Additionally, persons with the same disability may have different needs and levels of difficulty with similar course materials. Most accommodations in the classroom are inexpensive, require minimum time, and do not have an impact on academic standards. Each student with a disability should be approached as an individual, and should have input regarding how mutually satisfactory solutions and accommodations can be developed. Moreover, we must remember that providing accommodations to individuals with disabilities is not unfair to other students. Rather, it is the means by which the individual with a disability is provided equal access to all the programs, services, and activities provided by the University.
Information regarding a disability is treated as confidential information as defined by the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information about the existence and details of an individual's disability will be shared by the SSD Office on a need-to-know basis only. Students are asked to sign a written release of information which is kept on file and the student is informed that SSD staff must have permission to verify disability status with instructors to facilitate the provision of accommodations. This is a need-to-know situation. Naturally, a student can voluntarily choose to share information regarding his/her disability with an instructor. If a student does share this information with you, please remember that the information is confidential and you should only share it on a need-to-know basis.
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