ADA and the Active Flex Environment: A Model for Future Students?


Institutions of higher education and educators have an obligation to ensure that all students are able to participate in and benefit from educational programs. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandate that educational opportunities offered to those with disabilities be equally effective for all students. This means they are given “an equal opportunity to obtain the same result, gain the same benefit, or reach the same level of achievement." 34 C.F.R. § 104.4(b)(2) The use of a flexible learning environment to promote quality education has gained wider acceptance in the past decade. The adoption of flexible learning environments has provided students with the benefits of improved convenience, choice, and the ability to personalize their learning experience. Students are able to modify the where, when, and how of their education. We present a case of an ADA qualified individual who engaged in a flexible learning course at Athens State University.

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Vanessa Miller-Curtis, Athens State University, United States
Haley Hargrove, Athens State University, United States
Mark Gale, Athens State University, United States
Christopher Curtis, Athens State University , United States

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Conference: IICAH2023
Stream: Teaching and Learning

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