Newly Introduced RISE Act Helps Ease Transition to College

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NCLD Led Effort to Raise Awareness of Challenges Facing Postsecondary Students with LD

NCLD has frequently heard from parents and college bound students with learning and attention issues about the challenges they face after high school graduation.

You’ve told us how hard it is to find information about disability services.

You’ve shared how college faculty is unaware or sometimes even reluctant to allow for accommodations in their classes.

And, too often we’ve heard that even students with a well-documented history of having a disability have to undergo new, costly diagnostic testing to again ‘prove’ they can receive disability services.

We’ve heard you and we did something about it.  Now we’re proud to let you know that the U.S. Senate has heard you, too.

Today, a bi-partisan group of Senators introduced the RISE Act, legislation that would address each of these challenges and help ease the transition to college for students with disabilities.  Led by Senator Casey (D-PA), Senator Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Cassidy (R-LA) the RISE Act will:

  • provide parents and students with information on disability services in one place, making it easier to know what services are available in higher education and how to access them;
  • require colleges to accept an IEP or 504 plan as evidence of a disability when a student is seeking accommodations; and
  • support a technical assistance center for college faculty to learn more about the needs of students with disabilities.

Over the next year, Congress is expected to turn its attention to higher education and we hope you’ll join us by urging lawmakers to consider the RISE Act.  You can voice your support for the RISE Act today by sending a quick email to your Senators.

Next year, when the new Congress takes office, the RISE Act will be re-introduced.  You can expect to see more from NCLD in the coming months about how – together – we can make this bill become law!

Thank you for sharing your story with us. Your stories can and do make difference every day. This time, they just might change the world for the millions of children with disabilities who dream of going to college and reaching their dreams.