Kurth, N., & Mellard, D. (2006). Student perceptions of the accommodation process in postsecondary education . Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability , 19 (1), 71–84. https://www.ahead.org/professional-resources/publications/jped

Journal Article
Kurth, N., & Mellard, D. (2006). Student perceptions of the accommodation process in postsecondary education. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 19(1), 71–84. https://www.ahead.org/professional-resources/publications/jped


[no doi reported]; also located on ERIC online database: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ844625


Postsecondary; U.S. context





Identified supports, services, and accommodations that are supportive to postsecondary students with disabilities were the focus of this study. Students reported their satisfaction level for the accommodations and supports they received.


The focus group included 108 postsecondary students who attended 15 community and technical colleges in California, Minnesota, or Kansas.

Dependent Variable

Students completed a survey and participated in focus groups that aimed to gain insight into students' satisfaction with their academic accommodations. Specifically, these surveys and focus groups aimed to better understand the level of appropriateness and effectiveness of student accommodations, given their academic needs.


Results indicate that the method of selecting accommodations should be more individualized rather than based on a student’s disability category. When the focus of accommodations selection is on student's disability category, rather than their individualized needs, inappropriate and ineffective accommodations are chosen.