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Establishing a Comprehensive and Actionable Research Foundation

Much of the current research and services in higher education focus on the deficiencies of disabled students.

We focus on their assets — taking a student-centered, disabled-led approach that will inform 10 studies that seek to provide a robust understanding of the postsecondary experiences of disabled students.

The National Disability Center draws upon three fundamental ideas to drive our research and activities.

Student engagement is a critical predictor of student success.

Instructors need more support to build their accessibility knowledge base, mindset, and skills.

The success of students with disabilities requires a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach across all administrative units at an institution.

An Innovative Collaboration

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Our research team is an active collaboration between disabled students, faculty members, and researchers. Along with our national partners, they are:

Implementing national student surveys and cognitive labs

Doing a thorough literature review and synthesis

Developing new research measurements

Conducting a secondary data analysis of disabled student experiences in a three-year cohort on the CCSSE survey

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