Accommodating the needs of designated students

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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.

In order to dispel misinformation, a brief description of learning disabilities and federal law is provided. " is examined, and recommendations are provided for the informed and active participation of faculty in accommodating college students with learning disabilities.A student approaches a faculty member after the first day of class and informs her that he has a learning disability and will need extended time on all exams.Another student meets with her advisor to explain that her language-based learning disability made it impossible for her to learn a foreign language.She will need to substitute other coursework for this requirement. Do students have civil rights that supersede the discretion of faculty in the classroom?Must faculty provide all accommodations that are requested by students with learning disabilities? Faculty across the country are dealing with these and similar questions on a daily basis.In fact, students with learning disabilities are the fastest growing disability group on college campuses.

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