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The Learning Conference 2003

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Disability in Higher Education: The Impact of ADA Accommodations: End of Term Grades for Students with Learning Disabilities who Receive Accommodations

Jennifer Bruce.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether postsecondary students with learning disabilities (LD) and/or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) experienced a differential increase in end of term grades when they used ADA academic accommodations, with verbal SAT scores serving as a baseline predictor. There is little empirical evidence to confirm or refute the effectiveness of accommodations for postsecondary students with LD and/or ADD. A survey of the limited research currently available supported the need for more statistical and comparative studies to clarify if students with LD and/or ADD benefit from specific ADA academic accommodations. In this study, students with ADD and LD/ADD experienced a significant boost in grades after using accommodations, though there were mixed results for students with LD.


Jennifer Bruce  (United States)
Director of Instruction
Higgins Academic Center
Randolph-Macon College

Jennifer Bruce is the Director of Instruction at Randolph-Macon College, and holds a Ph.D. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research areas include peer mentoring and turoring, and the effects of academic supports on at-risk students and students with disabilities.

Jack Trammell is the Director of Disability Support Services at Randolph-Macon College, and is finishing his Ph.D. in Educational Research at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Disability
  • Accommodation
  • Learning Disability
  • ADD
  • ADA

(30 min Conference Paper, English)