Accessing Disability Services: Barriers
Section 5: Considering Potential Barriers or Concerns
Meet Brent, a student at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis! “When SITE staff first met Brent, he wasn’t communicative and was in the process of being expelled from high school due to non-compliance and truancy. He could not or did not articulate much of anything, including his frustrations and concerns. Now 21, Brent has moved out of his parents’ home, lives in his own apartment, and is employed full-time at a local manufacturing plant. He keeps in touch with his many friends via visits, phone calls, texts, and Facebook messages. College life allowed this formerly turned-off and unhappy young man to transform himself into a friendly, articulate, self-assured, and happy person." Find Brent’s story in the sidebar.
Moving beyond the barriers and concerns means student success.
Brent’s story exemplifies the value of moving beyond the growing pains and potential challenges that may come with postsecondary programs for students with ID. Barriers and concerns are bound to happen, but they are all fixable and easily addressed. Everything program staff does to overcome the barriers eventually leads to success - one student at a time. Below are a few questions that may arise as programs take root.
1. How much DS support should the developers of a new program for students with intellectual disabilities count on receiving?
2. How much physical space would a program need on campus?
3. What are the costs of the program? What will our college be expected to provide? Will the college need to provide program staff and resources?
4. What will the program be like on campus? Do students attend classes?
5. What is the liability of our college if a student gets hurt? How will behavior problems be handled?
Addressing Preconceived Barriers or Concerns From Faculty
Postsecondary faculty and staff benefit from the diversity students with ID bring to the college. Students with ID attend and interact in the college classroom, and those interactions enhance teaching. A in the To Learn More sidebar share the thoughts and experiences of several faculty members in teaching students with intellectual disabilities.