Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act: Inclusive Policy and Practice for Higher Education

Mary Lee Vance, Neal E. Lipsitz, and Kaela Parks, Editors

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This book is for higher education professionals who work with students with disabilities, both apparent and hidden. It is intended as a primer and quick reference for administrators, faculty, and staff. 

Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act is a primer and quick reference guide for higher education professionals who work with students with disabilities, both apparent and hidden. Written for administrators, faculty, and staff, the book provides transferable information that is applicable to any campus.

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was enacted, there have been clarifications on the interpretation of the law, as well as a reauthorization act. In particular, the rules governing who is an individual with a disability and what forms of accommodation should be provided to these individuals have undergone profound updates. Student affairs professionals must stay current with the legal impact of these changes as the ADA concerns numerous aspects of student affairs, including technology, housing and residence life, career services, student activities, counseling, study abroad opportunities, student conduct, and more.

Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the value of inclusive thinking, particularly in terms of universal design pedagogy with its commitment to total inclusion. The book is not meant to address the accommodation process per se and does not prescribe adjustments or fixes for individual problems. Rather, it is based on the premise that accommodation and individual adjustments are insufficient if the mission of higher education is to provide equitable learning experiences for all students.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I addresses the ADA and changing perspectives on disability. Part II covers information and communication technology. Part III examines emerging and growing populations and their impact on higher education. Part IV provides examples of best practices in student affairs and disability services.

With recent legislative and regulatory revisions to the ADA, student affairs professionals must understand the new rules in order to facilitate success for students with disabilities. Colleges and universities must go beyond meeting the minimum requirements of the law in order to create educational environments that achieve universal access and full inclusion.

Hardcover | 2014 | 234 pages

978-0-931654-90-9

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