|Disability Studies Quarterly
Winter 2001, Volume 21, No. 1
Copyright 2001 by the Society
for Disability Studies
Introduction to the Symposium on Supporting Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, along with the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, lead to an expanding social awareness of people with disabilities seeking access to postsecondary education and other life-long learning opportunities. While data indicate a consistent positive correlation between level of education and valued career or employment prospects, participation by adults with disabilities in postsecondary education remains low in comparison with non-disabled peers. Even with reasonable access to higher education, people with disabilities encounter significantly more barriers than other students resulting in slower progress and less satisfactory grades and graduation rates.
In 1998, increasing interest in these issues led to the funding of the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES) based at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with collaborators in locations on the US Mainland. The strategic program of research currently underway within the national center has begun to shed new light upon the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities seeking to access and participate in postsecondary education programs. This special edition of Disability Studies Quarterly describes a sample of emerging work supported by and related to the efforts of the national center. An editorial team has reviewed each of the papers in this edition and several distinguished persons with disabilities provided critical comment and reaction.
Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ) is the journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities and arts, disability rights advocates, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities. It represents the full range of methods, epistemologies, perspectives, and content that the field of disability studies embraces. DSQ is committed to developing theoretical and practical knowledge about disability and to promoting the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. (ISSN: 1041-5718; eISSN: 2159-8371)