This volume addresses higher education adminstrators and college professors beyond those working in the area of disability services. All members of a community benefit from the diverity that students with disabilities bring to a campus. At the same time, all campus constituents have an obligation to serve the diverse students that are present on their campuses. Therefore, all members must have the knowledge and professional preparation to navigate issues surrounding the increased integration of students with disabilities. This volume provides that preparation and knowledge by addressing questions ranging from design––of both faciltiies and online material––and transition services to education abroad, psychiatric support, and legal issues.
By framing access to higher education within a contextual goal of incrasing the social and academic integration of students with disabilities, the authors aim to provide practitioners and faculty members with guidance that goes beyond accomodation to including students in the fabric of their institution.
EDITOR S NOTES 1Marianne S. Huger
1. Fostering a Disability–Friendly Institutional Climate 3Marianne S. HugerThis chapter explores the value of a diverse student population to all
students. The roles that faculty, disability services practitioners, other
administrators, and student leaders can have in increasing the integration
of students with disabilities are discussed.
2. Universal Design for Academic Facilities 13John P. S. SalmenThis chapter examines the differences between universal design and
accessibility and highlights areas of opportunity for universal design
on college campuses.
3. Employing Universal Design for Instruction 21Robert A. ShawThis chapter identifi es how fl exible curricular practices and technology
can constitute universal design for instruction and provides examples of
how these practices have benefi ted students in a number of institutions.
4. Transition Strategies to Ensure Active Student Engagement 35Donna M. Korbel, Joan M. McGuire, Manju Banerjee, Sue A. SaundersThis chapter explores the transition through college of students with
disabilities by characterizing the postsecondary landscape, presenting
a collaborative model of college transition services, and offering recommendations
for each stage of the transition services continuum.
5. Accessible Online Learning 47D. Elizabeth Case, Roseanna C. DavidsonThis chapter explains the advantages and challenges of creating an
accessible online learning environment by providing guidance on specifi
c improvements and suggesting modifi cations.
6. Education Abroad for Students with Disabilities: Expanding Access 59Heidi M. Soneson, Shelly FisherThis chapter identifi es the key support services and advising procedures
under eight major headings that institutions of higher education should
have in place in order to guide students with disabilities effectively as
they explore and participate in education abroad opportunities.
7. Understanding the Experiences of Students with Psychiatric Disabilities: A Foundation for Creating Conditions of Support and Success 73Holley A. BelchThis chapter examines the population of students with psychiatric
disabilities, addresses the value of their inclusion and integration on
college campuses, provides strategies for inclusion and integration in
and outside the classroom, and offers a comprehensive model of
8. Legal Issues in Serving Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education 95Jo Anne SimonThis chapter explores issues that frame access and accommodation
needs of students with disabilities by identifying current issues and
relevant legal guidance.
Marianne S. Huger is the assistant dean of students at American University and an adjunct instructor at the George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C. She was formerly the Director of Disability Services at Georgetown University Law Center.