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Crucial Collaborations: A Practical Framework to Ensure Access, Equity, and Inclusion for Students With Disabilities

Health, Safety, and Well-being Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Disability Knowledge Community Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives Wellness and Health Promotion AVP or "Number Two" Faculty Mid-Level New Professional Senior Level VP for Student Affairs
January 3, 2024 Neal E. Lipsitz Michael Berger Eileen Connell Berger

Ensuring access and a sense of belonging for students with disabilities in higher education can be a complex process. Each student with a disability can have their own unique physical or mental health requirements, and every institution has its own unique organizational structure, culture, faculty, staff, and students. Crucial Collaborations: A Practical Framework to Ensure Access, Equity, and Inclusion for Students With Disabilities presents a cross-functional framework that administrators, faculty, access services providers, parents/guardians, and students themselves can use to review the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder who contributes to positive postsecondary experiences for students with disabilities. The groundbreaking framework has many applications, including facilitating student inclusion and socialization, empowering stakeholders through shared knowledge, and assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of institutional programs for students with disabilities. Throughout the book, the authors discuss their personal and professional experiences to animate and operationalize the framework. Crucial Collaborations is an essential resource for navigating the complexities in providing services for students with disabilities to ensure access, equity, and inclusion.

Paperback | 2024 | 282 pages

ISBN: 978-1-948213-44-8

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Table of Contents

Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms

List of Figures and Tables



Editors and Contributors

Part I: The Collaborative Framework

Chapter 1
Structure and Function of the Collaborative Framework
Neal E. Lipsitz, Michael Berger, and Eileen Connell Berger

Part II: Self-Advocacy and Inclusion/Socialization

Chapter 2
Relationships Matter: Self-Advocacy, Mentorship, and the Transformative Power of Disability Services
Kevin T. Mintz and Eileen Connell Berger

Chapter 3
The Importance of Feeling Included: Perceived Belonging Among Students With Disabilities in Higher Education
Katherine C. Aquino

Part III: Individual Differences, Life Transitions, and Attitudes

Chapter 4
My Search for Access and Accommodations in Higher Education
Valerie Piro

Chapter 5
Disability Rights Are Civil Rights
Mary Lee Vance

Chapter 6
Neal E. Lipsitz

Part IV: Academic Rigor, New Pedagogies, Disability Law, and Technology

Chapter 7
New Pedagogy With Academic Rigor: Universal Design for Learning
Lyman L. Dukes III and Joseph W. Madaus

Chapter 8
A Conversation About Disability Law With Paul Grossman and Jamie Axelrod
Michael Berger

Chapter 9
College Experiences of Students With Disabilities Viewed Through a Technology Lens
Sheryl Burgstahler

Part V: Implementation and Best Practices

Chapter 10
How to Use the Collaborative Framework
Neal E. Lipsitz, Michael Berger, and Eileen Connell Berger

Appendix: The Collaborative Framework


Praise for Crucial Collaborations: A Practical Framework to Ensure Access, Equity, and Inclusion for Students With Disabilities

“Through scholarly research and personal narrative, the contributors to Crucial Collaborations open an essential conversation about cross-functional approaches to processes and cultures that prioritize an accessibility mindset. Theoretically-based, the groundbreaking framework is immediately applicable and ultimately beneficial to all stakeholders involved. Crucial Collaborations is an important contribution to all those who support students and their educational goals.” —Michele C. Murray, Senior Vice President for Student Development and Mission, College of the Holy Cross

Crucial Collaborations provides an invaluable tool for realizing equality for students with disabilities in higher education. It seamlessly integrates the knowledge garnered by years of practical application by its editors with the lived experiences of successful college graduates with disabilities.” —Michael Ashley Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

“This book is ideal for experienced practitioners who have been yearning for a premiere resource to guide the delivery of optimal learning experiences for students in a post-ableist framework. The distinctive operational focus of this compilation is complemented by helpful first-person narratives that will resonate with professionals committed to inclusion and success for all students with varying and often complex exceptionalities.” —Peter F. Lake, Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law

“Too often when equity, social justice, and inclusion are front and center issues on college and university campuses, those with disabilities do not consistently come to mind and can be some of the most marginalized members. This book and the Collaborative Framework are valuable resources in addressing this shortcoming. They are much needed tools for improving services and support to students who offer much to our campuses but continue to encounter too many institutional and individual barriers to their success.” —Mike Segawa, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Puget Sound and Pitzer College (retired)

Crucial Collaborations takes a layered, systematic approach to solving accommodations conundrums. The framework is a practical way of working to share information across educators and service providers with the goal of ensuring equitable, inclusive practices without sacrificing academic rigor.” —Kristie Proctor, Director of Student Accessibility Services, Quinsigamond Community College

“People with disabilities constitute a critical and integral part of higher education. To guarantee students’ success in pursuing educational goals, we must rely on best practices and tools that will help them succeed. The Collaborative Framework is based on years of experience by the authors. It is a practical visual road map to success! The Collaborative Framework, best practices, and student narratives make this book a must-read for stakeholders invested in the long-term success of students with disabilities.” —Ruth M. Molina, Director of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, Harvard University

“At once practical and aspirational, Crucial Collaborations invites readers to rethink current methods of facilitating inclusion and belonging in higher education, and to demonstrate that accessibility for all benefits all. This book is a thoughtful celebration of difference; it should be required reading for optimizing success of students with disabilities.” —H’Sien Hayward, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Crucial Collaborations is a necessary and critical resource at a time when the dialogue around disability and neurodiversity is greatly improving on campus, but institutions are challenged in navigating ever more complex issues, including digital accessibility, increasing technology in the classroom, changed expectations following a pandemic, and a range of other issues. The authors bring their own expertise to the fore in setting the structure, but also provide ample room for their stellar contributors to provide their own view of where disability rights are now and where they have the potential to move in the future.” —Phil Catanzano, Faculty Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education