DREAM (Disability Rights, Education Activism, and Mentoring) is a national organization for and by college students with disabilities. We strongly advocate for disability culture, community, and pride, and hope to serve as an online virtual disability cultural center for students who want to connect with other students.
The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) is the only federally-funded national center in the U.S. for college and graduate students with any type of disability, chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness. We also have information for parents, faculty, and anyone working with college students.
Examining everything from campus accommodation processes, to architecture, to popular films about college life, the author argues that disability is central to higher education, and that building more inclusive schools allows better education for all.
In this study, the literature in disability and higher education was examined. The implications of the findings undergird the urgency to prioritize disability as a facet of diversity within higher-education scholarship.
Students with disabilities are increasingly enrolling in colleges and universities. However, many institutions are still unprepared to support them beyond the basic federal mandate of equal access and reasonable accommodations. Recommendations for higher education administrators and disability personnel to become more vigilant in improving support for this population are discussed.
Teaching inclusively means embracing student diversity in all forms as an asset. It means designing and teaching courses in ways that foster talent in all students, but especially those who come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. We share tips here that any instructor can use to minimize inequities and help more students succeed.