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 Diversity Issues in Brief 

February 2014 | Issue 1

Diverse Populations at America’s Community Colleges
Students With Disabilities

With their dual mission of access and student success, our nation’s community colleges provide high-quality postsecondary education for a very diverse group of students. Included in this diverse population are those with disabilities. In 2013, the American Association of Community Colleges reported that students with disabilities comprised 12% of national community college enrollments.

In addition to complying with the requirements of Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, community colleges across the country are implementing innovative programs to support the success of students with disabilities. The following is a list of selected practices and resources.

Examples

Resources for Community Colleges

  • ADA.gov (Provides technical assistance for individuals with disabilities)
    www.ada.gov
  • AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability)
    www.ahead.org
  • National Center for Education Statistics Report – Students with Disabilities at
    Postsecondary Institutions (U.S. Department of Education, 2011)
    http://1.usa.gov/1bvjAJ1
  • Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education
    http://1.usa.gov/1cpp7Sj
  • The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP)
    (U.S. Department of Labor)
    http://1.usa.gov/171ypp1

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 Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Christian
Senior Program Associate for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Ph: 202.728.0200 x262
kchristian@aacc.nche.edu

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