WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES: IMPLICATIONS BEYOND COLLEGE National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) – Leadership for Today and Tomorrow

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Women with Disabilities:

Women with Disabilities:Implications Beyond CollegeNational Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) Leadership for Today and Tomorrow May 31, 2012 - June 2, 2012

Co-presentersAssociate Director, Disability Support ServicesThe George Washington University susanmcm@gwu.edu

Director, Disability Support ServicesLoyola University Maryland


Susan McMenamin

Marcia Wiedefeld

Co-presentersJ.D., The George Washington University School of Law


Masters Candidate, Speech Pathology, Loyola University Marylandmwdavis@loyola.edu

Alison SchiebelhutMartha Davis

Individuals with disabilities: The path to graduate studiesThe effective implementation IDEA resulted in substantially more students gaining admissions to colleges and universities.With the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, many students are successful in college.Our current economic/social climate has enhanced the significance of advanced degrees to future employment. Students with disabilities are now also seeking opportunities for post-graduate and professional school study.

Laws promoting access for people with disabilitiesEducation:Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation ActADAADAAAEmployment:ADAThe Americans with Disabilities Act (and Amendments) ADAAACollege graduates who reported a disability (2007)

National Center for Education Statistics U.S. Dept. of Education

Graduate students who reported a disability (2009)

Council of Graduate Schools

Graduate studies: Fields and levels

Students with disabilities: Undergraduate and graduate fields

Number of doctoral degrees earned by individuals with disabilities (1997 2008)

Science and engineering: Employment of individuals with disabilities

11Graduate or professional school: Application process, studies, and beyond Graduate Exams(e.g., GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, etc.)

Undergraduate vs. GraduateDifferent college Different DSS office Different proceduresClassroom vs. Clinical/Experiential Training Components

Licensure/Professional ExamsTransition to Work Vocational Rehabilitation ServicesIndividual state by state programs

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)Transition to WorkDetermining the impact of disability on job performance

To disclose or not to disclose that is the question

Arranging for workplace accommodations JAN

Other factors social demands, etc.Other Postsecondary OptionsAmeriCorpsPeace CorpsTeach for AmericaForeign ServiceQuestions?American Association of People with Disabilities. http://www.aapd.com/

The American Diversity Program. 2011. Peace Corps: Standard Operating Procedure for Providing Reasonable Accommodation. http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/policies/Reasonable_Accommodation_Program_Policy_Revised_March_2011.pdf

The American Psychological Association. 2012. DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART). http://www.apa.org/pi/disability/dart/index.aspx

AmeriCorps. Purpose of the Disability Placement Award. http://www.americorps.gov/help/ac_admin_pdat/AdminPDATDisability_Provisions.htm#Purpose_of_the_Disability_Placement_Award.htm

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities. http://www.cosdonline.org/home

Education Testing Network. Disabilities and Health-related Needs.http://www.ets.org/disabilities


Job Accommodation Network. www.askjan.org

Law School Admission Council. Accommodated Testing. http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/accommodated-testing.asp

The Legal Aid Society, Employment and Law Center. 2011. Your Legal Rights: Disabilities in Higher Education. Retrieved from:http://www.las-elc.org/factsheets/disabilities-education.html

MBA.com: The Official GMAT Website. Register as a Test Taker with Disabilities. http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/schedule-a-gmat-appointment/register-as-a-test-taker-with-disabilities.aspx

Medical College Admission Test. MCAT Exam with Accommodations. https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/accommodations/

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 2009. 2007-08. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08). Dataset.


National Science Foundation. 2010. Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2009. Retrieved from www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf11306/nsf11306.pdf

National Science Foundation. 2011. Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2011. Retrieved from www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. 2011. Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

Teach for America. Admissions Policy. http://www.teachforamerica.org/why-teach-for-america/how-to-apply/applicant-prerequisites/admissions-policies

U.S. Department of Education. State Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/Programs/EROD/org_list.cfm?category_ID=SVR

Workforce Recruitment Programhttps://wrp.gov/AboutPre.do