A U.S. senator is encouraging federal education officials to start making information available about college disability services.
“As colleges admit greater numbers of students with disabilities … it is vital these students have transparent disability services information,” Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa., wrote in the letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and John King, who is expected to to take over Duncan’s job later this year.
Within 8 years of high school graduation, 60 percent of students with disabilities pursue postsecondary education. Only 40 percent of those students complete their education.
“The reality is that it’s uncharted territory because most people at colleges and universities are unprepared for people with disabilities to attend,” said Lindsay Jones, vice president of policy and advocacy at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Even a simple step such as collecting data about services and accomodations offered on college campuses would make it easier for students and their families to learn about, Casey said