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Disability Law and Health Care Education

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Health care education programs, regardless of the discipline, will face similar challenges and issues related to students with disabilities. These are likely to include issues related to admission, retention, and academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services. A review of the literature reveals limited information beyond medical and nursing education programs, although students with disabilities are enrolled in education programs in other health care disciplines. Recent research indicates that students with disabilities are enrolling in health care education programs with increasing frequency. Educators and administrators will benefit from a better understanding of disability law and how it impacts education programs. Further, this knowledge should allow health care educators to be more proactive in regard to students with disabilities and to maintain a greater degree of autonomy over their respective programs. This report reviews pertinent legislation and case law as it applies to students with disabilities in health care education.

Document Type: Commentary

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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  • The Journal of Allied Health is the official publication of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The Journal is the only interdisciplinary allied health periodical, publishing scholarly works related to research and development, feature articles, research abstracts and book reviews. Readers of the Journal comprise allied health leaders, educators, faculty and students.
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