Investigating Postsecondary Disability Support Outside of the College Classroom


Katherine C. Aquino 

St. John’s University 


Students with disabilities in the higher education who self-identify their disability can request accommodations to support their postsecondary learning experience within the college classroom. However, it is unclear “particularly around how students with disabilities access academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, or work accommodations at internship or Co-Op sites, and who is responsible for supervising and paying for these services” (Nott & Zafft, 2006). Currently, there is limited research exploring the logistics and experiences regarding students’ with disabilities requests for accommodations for internships and related out-of-classroom placements. Using a mixed methods sequential exploratory design, the goal of this research project is to highlight if/ how institutions address accommodations for experiential learning experiences outside of the classroom environment. Moreover, this project will examine potential obstacles disability support providers may face when supporting students with disabilities requesting these accommodations.