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Profile of Undergraduate Students: 2007- 08  (Research based)

This report was prepared for the National Center for Education Statistics. Web Tables provide comprehensive information on undergraduates who were enrolled in U.S. postsecondary institutions during the 2007–08 academic year. Estimates for enrolled students are presented by attendance status, degree program, undergraduate major, average grades, student characteristics, financial aid status and credit card debt, work, community service, voting, disability status, and distance and remedial education. The Table 6.1 shows that 10.8% of undergradusates reported some type of disability.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability