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University of Detroit Mercy Law Review


Each year nearly 19 million persons matriculate at American colleges and universities as undergraduate or graduate students. A substantial segment of these students are disabled. For disabled students matriculating through American higher education institutions, a tremendous battle is being waged as to the educational experience afforded those students with learning disabilities." Lawyers, educators and students are embroiled in a complex tug-of war that will have a lasting impact on higher education. This article examines some of the legal issues that will undoubtedly challenge those seeking to strike a balance between hard-line advocates for disabled students and educational professionals required to address the needs of all students. Specifically, this article will focus on learning disability documentation problems, identifying the learning disabled student, and reconciling the reasonable accommodation requirement with institutional freedom to determine curriculum.