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Investigating the Self-Identification of Disability Status for the Non-Traditional Student Population

Friday, March 16 | 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM | 

Session Type: General

Delivery Format: Focus Group Discussion

For a student to receive any disability-based accommodations in higher education, it is necessary for the student to voluntarily self-identify his or her disability to the institution, specifically through the assistance of the institution’s disability service office. Although this is a choice to be made by the individual, not self-disclosing a disability, and not receiving accommodations, may hinder his or her overall postsecondary experience. For students transitioning directly from the secondary to postsecondary environment, students may have a better understanding of the process and the necessary documentation to yield appropriate accommodations. Currently, there is limited research investigating disability status and/or use of accommodations for nontraditional students. Although the National Center of Education Statistics (2016) note a higher rate of disability status the older a student is, additional exploration of disability in nontraditional student programs is warranted. This presentation presents a disability profile survey for participants to review for future use in nontraditional programs.

Outcomes: 1)Learn the history and current policies related to disability/ self-identification process.2)Review presented disability survey/provide constructive feedback.3)Discuss how self-identification is captured and how is used when working w/student population.



Dr. Katherine C. Aquino
Faculty and Quality Assurance Coordinator in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Manhattan College

Rosemary Osso
Assistant Dean for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Manhattan Collegee


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