They do make it possible for students with LD to show what they know without being impeded by their disability.Once a child has been formally identified with a learning disability, the child or parent may request accommodations for that child's specific needs.ABSTRACT: Individuals with learning disabilities are attending institutions of higher education in greater numbers than ever before.In attempts to accommodate these students in the classroom, faculty often have the ethical concern of balancing the rights of students with learning disabilities with the academic integrity of the course, program of study, and institution.Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environment or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program or a job (U. The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) stipulates that postsecondary institutions are responsible for providing necessary accommodations when a student discloses a disability. Broad categories of accommodations include changes to the application process to ensure an equal opportunity to apply for program enrollment, changes that enable a student with a disability to perform the essential functions of the academic program, and changes that enable a student with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of the program (e.g., access to training).National longitudinal data on first-time, full-time entering college freshmen indicate that the number of students with learning disabilities had more than doubled between 19 (Henderson, 1995). Department of Education (1989) reported that approximately 3% of all college students have learning disabilities.In 1996, the most recent year for which longitudinal survey results are available, students with learning disabilities accounted for 3.1 percent of all freshman on the nation's two and four-year college campuses (This Year's Freshmen, 1997). Other incidence figures indicate numbers vary by type of college, e.g., the presence of students with learning disabilities may be as high as 11% in small liberal arts colleges (Cohen, 1984) and 5% in professional schools (Parks, Antonoff, Drake, Skiba, & Soberman, 1987).
Keep the accommodation letter and receipt in a secure location for your own records.Help to make this process a positive experience by treating your student with compassion and respect. Read the accommodation letter carefully and discuss the logistics of each accommodation.Here are some things to consider: If extra time on exams is needed, should the student arrive early or stay late? On your syllabus, clearly detail course requirements and academic standards including your grading rubric and attendance policy.Make a verbal statement inviting students with a disability to request accommodations.