The number of students with disabilities attending postsecondary schools continues to increase with each passing school year. Students with disabilities need to be well- informed about the rights and responsibilities postsecondary schools have towards them. These rights and responsibilities are supported by several federal laws which can assist students with disabilities the full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a postsecondary educational experience.

Additional Resources

Online Resources

  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • U.S. Department of Justice ADA Homepage
  • Subpart E (Postsecondary Education) of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Printed Resources:

Gordon, M. & Keiser, S. (1998). Accommodations in higher education under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A no-nonsense guide for clinicians, educators, administrators, and lawyers. DeWitt, NY: GSI Publications.