Higher Education

Higher education still presents barriers to students with invisible disabilities

Friday, September 30, 2016Finding the perfect college that matches your individual needs is a struggle – and one that can be especially difficult for students with invisible disabilities such as dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. If a university does not provide…

University of Maryland expands captioning services at sports stadiums, website

Wednesday, August 17, 2016Building on negotiations stemming from a lawsuit filed by the National Association of the Deaf in 2013, the University of Maryland has announced new measures to make its sports events more accommodating to people whom are deaf and hard of…

DOE announces changes to disability, student loan discharge program

Tuesday, April 19, 2016The U.S. Department of Education announced new steps April 12 for proactively identifying student loan borrowers who may be eligible for loan forgiveness due to their disabilities. “In 2012, the Administration took steps to streamline the process to allow for…

National Federation of the Blind and Amazon reach agreement on accessible Kindles

Thursday, March 10, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and Amazon released a brief statement March 2, announcing a new initiative to “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and application,” as well as meet on an “ongoing basis” to address the…

Graduation rates show continued improvement

Friday, December 25, 2015The graduation rate for students with disabilities was 63.1 percent for the 2013-2014 school year, a record high but still significantly lower than that of their peers, the Department of Education announced December 15. The rate represents an increase from…

Disability advocates applaud No Child Left Behind rewrite

Monday, December 21, 2015President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law December 11, maintaining, though weakening, much of the No Child Left Behind’s accountability structure long supported by disability advocates, while taking a variety of new steps to improve…

What it means to have a disability

Thursday, October 8, 2015Meet Cuquis Robledo, an undergraduate student majoring in psychology at Duke University. She joined Disability Rights Washington (DRW), the publisher of Rooted in Rights, as a summer intern this year through the DukeEngage program. Her work at DRW includes…

DOJ settles with online educational platform

Monday, April 27, 2015The U.S. Department of Justice announced a comprehensive settlement with edX Inc. earlier this month, creating an 18-month timetable for the online education platform to become fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The DOJ previously asserted that the…

New Yorker spotlights lawsuit challenging Princeton suicidal student policy

Friday, December 19, 2014On December 1, the New Yorker asked readers: Should Suicidal Students Be Forced to Leave Campus?“ The question is at the heart of a closely watched lawsuit that accuses Princeton University of violating federal and state disability discrimination laws…

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