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Seeking Success In Higher Education While Living With A Disability

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Barriers in the U.S. education system make it less likely for students with disabilities to finish high school, enroll in college, or complete a bachelor's degree

These students also have more difficulties with student loan debt, according to newly released research from the Center for American Progress. College students reported to have a disability have a defaultrate of 35 percent on student loan repayments compared to 28 percent of students who do not. 

Along with physical disabilities, health and processing problems – like learning disabilities, chronic illness, speech and language impairment, emotional disturbance and developmental delays – are protected under federal law

What keeps a person with a disability from starting, maintaining or completing college?  

Lack of appropriate accommodations, limited access to facilities or resources, and difficulty interacting with faculty are possible factors. 

From taking exams to participating in campus life, what are a student's rightswhen working towards a higher education? 

How are San Antonio area colleges accommodating the needs of students with invisible and physical disabilities?  

View more programs from "The Source" series on Living With A Disability in San Antonio here.


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.