Late last year, Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced the PROSPER Act — a bill to overhaul the Higher Education Act. NCLD is opposed to this legislation as it does not include the RISE Act and inhibits higher education access for students. This week, Democratic members of the House Education and Workforce Committee unveiled the AIM Higher Act, their own version of a higher education bill that stands in stark contrast to the PROSPER Act. The AIM Higher Act creates multiple pathways for students to obtain a college degree by creating targeted programs for minorities and underserved communities as well as by strengthening existing programs. It also places an emphasis on completing college, using that barometer as a measure of success.
Data shows that stigma and other factors deter many undergraduates from accessing key resources in college. According to NCLD’s the State of LD report, only 24% of students with learning disabilities informed their college they have a learning disability. The AIM Higher Act provides additional support to students with disabilities that should make it easier to access supports for their learning disabilities and increase their success in college. We are pleased to see that the AIM Higher Act:
- Provides grants to train faculty on delivering accessible and inclusive instruction;
- Establishes an office of accessibility in institutions of higher learning;
- Provides grants to expand and implement universal design for learning (UDL);
- Increases access to accessible instructional materials and technologies; and
- Improves data collection efforts to better understand the success of students with disabilities in higher education.
It is critical for any reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to level the playing field and increase access to higher education for students with disabilities. NCLD is committed to working with members of Congress to make sure students with learning disabilities have the support they need to be successful in college and beyond.
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