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United States. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; College students with disabilities; People with disabilities--Education (Higher)--Law and legislation;


The Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects post-secondary education is what this literature review addresses. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination against someone with a disability in places of employment and public places. In 1973, the United States Congress passed Section 504 and The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed in 1990. Both helped solidify regulations regarding discrimination by any entity that receives federal funding including educational institutions. The law requires employers or schools to make a change or adjustment in a work or educational setting, program, or job that makes it possible for an otherwise qualified employee or student with a disability to perform the duties or tasks required. The focus of this review is how the Americans with Disabilities Act affects post-secondary educational institutions and the effectiveness of assistive technology in post-secondary education.

The Americans with Disabilities Act has mandated that school administrators and businesses make reasonable accommodations for those who have disabilities. The use of technology including the purchase, training, and support may be necessary to .accommodate someone. Structural or building renovations may also be necessary. The future for those with disabilities should include increased support and training. A reasonable accommodation should be made anytime that the accommodation will help assist a person with a disability become a more engaged and valuable member of society.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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J. Ana Donaldson


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