April 13, 2024

OPINION: Ending the stigma for college students with learning disabilities

Author: Ray Schroeder
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by LINDSAY JONES and TED MITCHELL, Hechinger Report

Students with disabilities, and especially those with invisible disabilities that affect how they learn, often struggle because of public misperceptions and stigmas.  While nearly one in five college students has some type of disability, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the median percentage across all institutions of undergraduate students formally registered as having a disability was only 6 percent in 2017. This is a serious concern, and one that colleges and universities must address head-on.  Earlier this year, our organizations, along with the American Association of University Administrators, partnered to release new resources focused on actions that college leaders and faculty can take to empower students with disabilities.


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