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Factors that prevent community college students with learning disabilities from requesting and using reasonable accommodations

This mixed methods research study explores the factors that prevent students with learning disabilities from requesting and using reasonable accommodations in a community college. Eleven students with a learning disability attending a community college were interviewed about factors that may have affected whether they requested and used reasonable accommodations. The same eleven students along with other 49 students responded to a survey based on a 4-point Likert-scale addressing the same factors. The ANOVA analysis was not significant however; two variables were significant predictors of whether students regularly requested reasonable accommodations. Seven themes emerged from the qualitative data: poor self-concept, negative faculty attitudes, self-advocacy, satisfaction with reasonable accommodations, and dissatisfaction with reasonable accommodations, disability-related barriers, and Disabled Student Programs & Services (good experiences vs. bad experiences).

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