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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Disability Accommodation in Higher Education - An International Perspective

Vickie Ann McCoy, Eric W. Owens, Karen Dickinson, and Jennifer N. Walker

2013

As we consider the needs of international and multicultural students in Higher Education, we wonder about their experiences with and attitudes toward disability service provision. We question whether our current U.S. system, which is focused on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), sufficiently accounts for the experiences and viewpoints of persons with roots in other countries and cultures. Even more importantly, after our initial exploration of the literature, we are now asking “What can we learn from what is being done in other countries?” This paper is a philosophical piece that examines our current state of affairs and calls for the development of a best practices proposal in Higher Education Disability Service Provision for students who travel internationally and/or hail from minority cultures.

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