The Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Policy Guide for the Students, Faculty, Staff in California State University
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by US federal legislation prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. These act states that no otherwise qualified handicapped person shall on the basis of handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any academic...or other postsecondary education program receiving federal financial assistance. The laws specifically state that students with psychological and learning disabilities have the same legal entitlements as students with physical or sensory disabilities. Section 504 mandates "reasonable accommodation" for students with these disabilities in a college setting. These accommodation includes such methods as taped textbook, electronic texts, and alternative testing arrangements, academic adaptations in the course conduct, the use of auxiliary equipment and support staff, and modifications in academic requirements. In order to assure compliance with the laws, the policy of California state university are introduced and the definition of disability, and assessment process, responsibilities of student services, students, administrators, and faculty are discussed.
Keywords: The laws for students with disabilities, Academic accommodation, The policy of California state university, The responsibilities of student services, students, administrators, and faculty
Dr. Greg Cho
Assistant Professor, Academic Senator in California State University Advisory Committee on services to students with disabilities. Department of General Studies, California State University Maritime Academy