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Linda --
 
Let me begin by saying that I am NOT an LD Specialist.  Nor am I
an expert on the laws and regulations governing accommodations
for disabilities.  However, I inherited the University Learning Center
during the time that all LD services were housed here, and had the dubious
distinction of being on a first name basis with our Attorneys Office as a
result of students filing suits with OCR regarding our institution's LACK of
accommodations.
 
Based on my crash learning course in the law, the provisions for students
with learning disabilities are most clearly identified under Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Neither ADA nor Section 504 address
specifics such as foreign language requirements.  However, the language
in Section 504 (84.40 Subpart E-Postsecondary Education, 84.44 Academic
Adjustments, (a) Academic Requirements) is what we relied on:
 
        . . .Modifications may include changes in the length of time
        permitted for the completion of degree requirements, substitution
        of specific courses required for the completion of degree
        requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific
        courses are conducted.
 
This section of the Subpart also goes on to discuss course examinations and
auxiliary aids.
 
OCR does have several useful pamphlets on the topic including one
entitled The "Civil Rights of Students with Hidden Disabilities under
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973".  My last copy of this was
delivered in 1990 but OCR may have updated it.  There's also a very
helpful article, "Students, Staff and Faculty with Disabilities:
Current Issues for Colleges and Universities" by Laura Rothstein, who was
(maybe still is) Prof. of Law @U of Houston.  My citation doesn't include
the year (!), but you'll find it in the Journal of College and University
Law, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp 471-482.
 
NOTE:  For any folks thinking about charging fees for services for
students with disabilities, DON'T!!!  That's what caused this institution
its original problems.
 
Hope this helps!
 
Sylvia Mioduski, Director
University Learning Center
U of Arizona
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