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Exploring Disability Services in a Community College

Kociela, Ryan (2020) Exploring Disability Services in a Community College. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This research study examines the perceptions of current community college students relative to the impacts of their disabilities on their needs and continued enrollment in post-secondary study.
An increasing number of students with disabilities are attending post-secondary institutions. With the establishments of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act in 2009, legislation is formidably in place to support students with broad ranges of disabling conditions in K-12 and post-secondary schools. As case law mounts with concerns related to appropriate accommodations, ample services, and equitable access, educators scramble to meet minimum legislative standards relative to their disabled students. Getting to know students’ individually unique circumstances and how to best employ the most appropriate services and resources in an educational setting is sometimes sacrificed for more protective legal processes and documentation.
Results and analysis of the 106 student surveys and 33 interviews within this research study are intended to inform broader post-secondary disability services practices, as well as serve as the basis for improvement planning locally at Butler County Community College.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kociela, Ryanrbk31@pitt.edurbk310000-0002-4715-0917
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTananis,
Committee MemberGunzenhauser,
Committee MemberKirk,
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 July 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 4 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 118
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability services, higher education
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:10
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:10


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