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Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: Barriers to Success and Implications for Professionals
AdriAnne L. Johnson
The dramatic recent increase in the enrollment of students with disabilities in postsecondary institutions requires counselors and postsecondary education personnel to become familiar with emerging the educational experience of these students, it is important to fully understand the interplay of dynamics with this population, including attitudinal barriers from faculty and issues of students with disabilities during their educational careers (Lynch & Gussel, 1996). To maximize other students, physical barriers in the environment, and support barriers, all which impact the postsecondary adjustment of this population and thereby decrease their likelihood of success. College counselors are in an especially valuable position to help students with disabilities achieve their highest potential by understanding the situations of these students as they encounter barriers in college unique to this population.