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COPAA Supports Improving Access to Higher Education Act

Wednesday, July 12, 2017  
Posted by: Laura Kaloi

July 12, 2017


Contact:  Denise Marshall, 443-310-8638 denise@copaa.org


Improving Access to Higher Education Act

Bill helps universities support and promote success of young adults with disabilities



WASHINGTON, DC –In support of Congress’ introduction of the Improving Access to Higher Education Act the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) issued the following statement:


“Going to college has become a reality for thousands of young adults with disabilities. With more than 11 percent of college undergraduates reporting they have a disability[i], it’s important that each student has immediate access to their individualized accommodations as well as college faculty, staff and administrators who are trained in innovative, effective and evidence-based teaching methods such as universal design for learning” said COPAA executive director, Denise Marshall.


“We thank Representative DeSaulnier, Ranking Member Scott as well as Representatives Langevin and Huffman for their leadership in introducing the Improving Access to Higher Education Act. Through this important bill, colleges and universities can actively develop and implement programs that intentionally seek to improve the transition to and completion of postsecondary education for students with disabilities. The bill is designed to help support faculty and staff as they gain knowledge of evidence-based methods, create accessible distance learning programs and provide accommodations and career pathway guidance to students. COPAA advocates for policies that create seamless transition for students with disabilities from infancy to postsecondary life and believes this bill should be included in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. By doing so, Congress can help assure that young adults with disabilities successfully complete college, go to work and gain the economic independence they deserve and have the potential to achieve.”

[i] National Center for Education Statistics, found at: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=60


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