Disability Resource Manual
An Introduction to Disabilities: A Resource for Administrators, College and University Faculty, Learning Specialists and Service Providers Download the full report in .PDF (will open a new window)
Introduction: The increasing diversity of the student population in higher education has enriched the teaching and learning environment of American colleges and universities. One part of this demographic shift toward diversity in postsecondary education is the increasing number of students with disabilities who are enrolling in postsecondary education programs. In this brief introduction to the major disability categories, faculty and staff who work with students can acquire basic information about disabilities and their implications for the college and university environment. In each disability category some implications of the disability are explored from both the student and the faculty perspectives. Links to professional organizations serving people with disabilities are provided for each category. Links to university centers for teaching and learning are also provided, as well as links to campus centers serving students with disabilities.