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Reasonable accommodation of university students with disabilities
Journal of Applied Law and Policy (2010)
  • Joan M Squelch, The University of Notre Dame Australia
University students with a disability have a right to education, including equal access to
facilities, services and programs, and not to be discriminated against on the grounds of
disability. An educational institution, therefore, has a duty to provide a student with a
disability with reasonable accommodation or reasonable adjustment to ensure they are able
to fully participate in tertiary education. However, in order to provide reasonable
accommodation students and staff need to be aware of their legal rights and responsibilities
in this regard. This article examines the scope and meaning of the concept of reasonable
accommodation with reference to case law. The article focuses on three key aspects: (a) the
legal meaning of the terms disability and reasonable accommodation; (b) the types of
accommodation; and (c) the key issues of undue hardship, academic integrity and
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Citation Information
Squelch, J. (2010). Reasonable accommodation of university students with disabilities. Journal of Applied Law and Policy, 2010, 51-67