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Supporting Students with Disabilities

EducationUSA Interactive: U.S. Campus CultureSupporting Students with Disabilities

Curious how nearly 4,700 accredited U.S. campuses provide support to international students with disabilities who are studying in the United States?

In recognition of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities join EducationUSA and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for a Facebook LIVE on 12/3/18 at 11AM EST. The program will discuss how nearly 4,700 accredited U.S. campuses provide support to international students with disabilities studying in the United States
Find out about legal protections for students, common accessibility and disability services on campuses, academic and non-academic accommodations, factors to consider when choosing the right U.S. college or university, and hear from an international student about overcoming the challenges, obstacles, and ultimately finding personal success studying in the United States.
This FREE, online discussion (in English) is open to the public and will include a moderated conversation with questions submitted live from the online audience.  Contact your nearest EducationUSA Advising Center to see if you can join a group watch party, or join from your home computer or mobile device by going HERE on the December 3 at 11 am EST.

Resources for Students with Disabilities

Three Laws to Highlight

  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) – Title II of the ADA covers state funded schools such as universities, community colleges and vocational schools. Title III of the ADA covers private colleges and vocational schools.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) – Schools receiving federal dollars regardless of whether it is private or public is also covered by the regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requiring schools to make their programs accessible to qualified students with disabilities.
  • Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 – The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination in air transportation by domestic and foreign carriers. Contact for questions pertaining to air transportation, call Department of Transportation, Aviation Consumer Protection Division for questions about air travel:

A guide to information about each of the U.S. disability rights laws is available at This guide covers the following laws:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Telecommunications Act
  • Fair Housing Act
  • Air Carrier Access Act
  • Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act
  • National Voter Registration Act Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • Architectural Barriers Act

Websites Where You Can Learn More

To view past Interactives covering the Five Steps to U.S. Study, please visit the EducationUSA YouTube channel.