College Students of Today with Disabilities

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Introduction College enrollment of students with disabilities requires counselors and educational personnel to become familiar with the educational experience. It is important to fully understand this population including the attitude of faculty and issues of students with disabilities during their educational careers. To meet the needs of all students we need to be compassionate to this population (Lynch, R.T. and Gussel, L. 1996). College counselors are valuable to the success of these students in that with their help these students will achieve their highest potential by understanding the situations of students with disabilities and the things that keep them from performing at their up most ability. College Students of Today with Disabilities Students with disabilities are growing more and more among two and four year colleges. By 1998, the full range of students with disabilities had risen to 10.5% of the postsecondary student population. (Wilson, K., Getzel, E.E. and Brown, T., 2000). Disabilities vary from learning disabilities, speech, vision, hearing or orthopedic impairments. Most people affected by learning disabilities have more than one kind of disability. Certain kinds of learning disabilities can affect a person's ability to concentrate or focus and can cause someone's mind to wander (Lynch, R.T., & Gussel, L. 1996). There are many other learning disabilities that can make it difficult for an affected individual to read, write, spell, or solve math problems. Nearly four million school-age children and teens have learning disabilities, and at least twenty percent of them have a type of disorder that makes it difficult to focus (Lynch, R.T., & Gussel, L. 1996). Learning in college is considered to be student-fo... ... middle of paper ... ...lopment, 74 (4) Quinn, P., (1995) "Neurobiology of Attention Deficit Disorder." In K. G. Nadeau, ed. A Comprehensive Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment. New York: Brunner and Mazel Press. Sills, Caryl K., (1995) "Success for learning disabled writers across the curriculum." College Teaching 43 (Spring 1995): 66-72. Smith, Carl B. (1992). "Helping Children Overcome Reading Difficulties." ERIC Digest, ED 344190. Vogel, S. A. and M. Moran. (1982) "Written language disorders in teaching disabled college students - a preliminary report." In Coming of Age: The Best of ACLD. Eds. W. Cruickshank and J. Lerner. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, Wilson, K., Getzel, E.E. and Brown, T. (2000) Enhancing the Postsecondary campus climate for students with disabilities; Journal of Vocational Rehabilitations 14(2000), 37-50
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