Post-Secondary Education


AUCD advocates for legislation and policies that increase access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities, such as the Higher Education Opportunity Act.





Federal Student Loan Discharge Actions

The Department of Education will work with the Social Security Administration to identify federal student loan borrowers with disabilities who may be eligible for a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) loan discharge.



AUCD signed onto a Letter in Support of the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016

AUCD signed onto a CCD letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016. The bill removes a tax penalty imposed on families whose student loans are forgiven due to the death or permanent disability of their child.



AUCD Summary of ESSA Major Provisions for Students with Disabilities

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) drafted a preliminary summary outlining how students with disabilities are affected by provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.



Evidence-based letter to ESEA in support of Evidence and Innovation Research grant program

Knowledge Alliance coalition and AUCD along with 150 other organizations sent a letter to The Honorable John Kline Chairman - Committee on Education and the Workforce, Honorable Robert C. "Bobby" Scott Ranking Member -Committee on Education and the Workforce, Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman - Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member - HELP Committee expressing our strong support for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program that is included in the Every Child Achieves Act, the Senate's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill.





Higher Education Opportunity Act

Text of the Law

Enacted on August 14, 2008, the HEOA reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.





Total and Permanent Disability Discharge for Student Loan Borrowers

The Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will collaborate to identify and help individuals with disabilities who meet eligibility criteria for a discharge of their student loans. Individuals who have a total and permanent disability (TPD) are eligible to have their federal loans discharged, and the Department of Education will notify them of how to complete this process.



Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge

pdf File Tax & Health Insurance Considerations for Student Loan Discharge.pdf [download]


Higher Education Affordability Act Summary

pdf File HEAA Summary Sept 9 2014.pdf [download]


Transition Program for Students with Intellectual Disability Appropriations Issue Brief

Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) promote post-secondary education for students with intellectual disability. The President proposed ending funding for the program in his FY15 budget. This issue brief explains the TPSID program and why it must continue.

pdf File TPSID FY15 Brief.pdf [download]


U.S. Department of Education Releases Report on Young Adults with Disabilities After High School

The U.S. Department of Education has released The Post-High School Outcomes of Young Adults with Disabilities up to 6 Years After High School: Key Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2. The report gives a national picture of what happens to students with disabilities after high school. It includes data on higher education; employment; employment, education, and/or job training activities; living arrangements; parenting status; and social and community involvement.



Higher Education Opportunity Act - Department of Education Resources



Webinar on Disability Provisions in the Higher Education Opportunity Act: Materials Archived



Higher Education Opportunity Act 2008 Analysis

From the Council for Exceptional Children
pdf File CEC Higher Education Analysis.pdf [download]


Higher Education Opportunity Act Analysis Short Version

From the Council for Exceptional Children
pdf File CEC Higher Education short.pdf [download]


AUCD Summary of Disability Provisions in Higher Education Act

A summary of disability provisions within the Higher Education Act Conference Report that passed Congress

doc File hea conference report summary 8.7.08.doc [download]

Related Links


Think College Publications

Newsletters, Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs

Think College Publications Think College! is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct research, training, and technical assistance for professionals, families, and students related to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities


The Postsecondary Education Research Center Project (PERC)

Information and Resources on College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Transition and Post-School Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Closing the Gaps to Post-Secondary Education and Employment

National Council on Disability Report

Research to Practice: Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Institute for Community Inclusion Brief

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center

Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities


The Next Step

Streaming video, also available for order.

The 19-minute video, "The Next Step," from the Texas DD Council presents personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools. See the videos on line; videos can also be ordered in DVD and VHS format.


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Disability Policy News In Brief

AUCD, Disability Policy News In Brief, every MondayJudiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing regarding a bill that would weaken Title III of the ADA; Department of Labor released the final Overtime rule; Department of Education issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement provisions of the new ESSA; introduction of Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act; FDA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule to ban electrical stimulation devices; and more

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