(Marshall, Kendall, Banks & Gover (Eds.), 2009 ) One study shows that 60 percent of students with disabilities report being bullied regularly compared with 25 percent of all students.
studies have been conducted on the connection between bullying and developmental disabilities, all of these studies found that children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers.
The presence of students with disabilities also contributes to the diversity of the student population.
Tens of thousands of students enrolled in American postsecondary institutions report having a mental illness.
Recent increases in the size of this group are due in part to improved medications that result in symptoms mild enough for them to enjoy the benefits and meet the challenges of postsecondary education.
Psychologists use the results of their assessments to understand how individuals receive, process, integrate, retain, and communicate information.
Since these functions cannot always be directly observed, it is often difficult to diagnose specific learning disabilities, determine their impact, and recommend appropriate accommodations.
However, students with mental illness may experience symptoms that interfere with their educational goals and that create a "psychiatric disability." These symptoms may include, yet are not limited to: A student with a mental illness may have one or more of the following psychiatric diagnoses (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Bipolar affective disorder (BAD, previously called manic depressive disorder).
BAD is a mood disorder with revolving periods of mania and depression.In recent years, the number of students diagnosed with disabilities who are attending postsecondary institutions has increased dramatically.Members of the largest group of students with disabilities have learning disabilities.We examine how schools can help these children become skilled writers.Six principles designed to prevent as well as alleviate writing difficulties are presented.Students with psychiatric disabilities are entitled to reasonable academic accommodations as provided by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 19 amendments.