While this figure represents about 5.9 percent of all students, most colleges and universities aren’t meeting their needs. This is particularly true if the students’ physical disabilities are so serious that they drastically impact daily living, according Chris Wise Tiedemann, who coauthors the website Disability Friendly Colleges with her son Tom, who has cerebral palsy.
According to Tiedemann, author of the forthcoming book College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities, only five schools — Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, University of California at Berkeley, University of Houston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Wright State University — offer enough services for a student with serious physical disabilities to live on campus.
Tiedemann says seriously disabled applicants should consider one of the five schools. Tom, for example, studies at Edinboro. But students with less serious disabilities have more options if they do their research properly. Here are four tips for disabled applicants and students.
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