Facts about Students with Disabilities
Fact: Students with disabilities do as well or better than the larger student body. Â For example, grade distribution statistics compare almost identically with University College statistics. Â There are as many students with disabilities on the deans list as there are on probation, and most student grades fall in the middle range.
Fact: With adaptive tools and adapted living environment most people with mobility disabilities enjoy freedom of travel, work, family life, and recreation that is similar to any other citizen.
Fact: Students with learning disabilities have at least average or above average intelligence, sometimes superior intelligence. Â However, there may be a gap between the expected performance for the IQ and the actual performance in a specific area (such as written expression).
Fact: Students with disabilities are otherwise qualified students and are subject to the same admissions process as other URI students. Â Reported SAT scores for students with disabilities – with or without accommodation – must meet the same criteria as all other students.
Fact: Academic accommodations are determined on a case by case basis and are intended to adjust the learning environment to meet specific needs. Â Essential, core characteristics of a curriculum cannot be changed by accommodation.Â For example, a math waiver in an engineering curriculum would not be permissible, but extended time on a math exam in that curriculum would be permissible.
Fact: Â Students with disabilities are often at a distinct disadvantage in the learning environment by virtue of the disability itself. Â Accommodations simply level the playing field for students with disabilities, nothing more or less. Students must meet expected performance levels with or without accommodations.
Fact: People with psychiatric disabilities are LESS LIKELY than the general population to engage in violent or destructive behavior