National Disability Organizations Release Statement of Higher Education Act Principles and Recommendations

National Disability Organizations Release Statement of Higher Education Act Principles and Recommendations

On June 20, 2019, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) through the CCD Education Task Force joined 28 national disability organizations on a statement of Higher Education Act (HEA) principles and recommendations. The CCD Education Taskforce firmly believes that students with disabilities must be thoughtfully and fully included in any policy changes considered for the reauthorization of HEA. As the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) demonstrated, the meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities is now the expectation, rather than the exception. The recommendations focused on three main areas:

  • Teacher, Early Intervention and Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) Shortages
  • Increasing Access
  • Student Loan Availability, Accessibility and Affordability
  • Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID)