Saturday, February 9, 2013

Special Education Saturday - "NCAA Eligibility: Resource Guide for Student-Athletes with Educational-Impacting Disabilities" (Book Review)

Publication Date:
Jan 06 2013
1463762321 / 9781463762322
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Special Education / Learning Disabled

This guide is not only useful for student-athletes with disabilities, but all college-bound students who may require accommodations in college. This resource contains the following information:

  • Definitions of disability terms
  • A description of legal protections available for all students with disabilities
  • Eligibility rules for NCAA freshman athletes
  • Accommodations available for NCAA eligibility
  • A data sheet to compute GPA
  • Accommodations available for standardized testing
  • Keys for success
  • How to request accommodations in college
  • A list of disability resources
  • How to prepare for a disability service interview
  • Frequently asked questions
The author, Jeffrey Berk, also included information about how to request accommodations at the college level. Requirements for these considerations both in the classroom and on tests such as the ACT and SAT are also detailed.  

One of the most useful parts of this book is the Keys to Success. The author noted that students must understand their disability and accept responsibility for their own success. The importance of preparatory curriculum, time management skills, and computer abilities was also explained in detail. The author also suggested that supplemental postsecondary education programs be considered. How to research different educational options was covered, as was campus involvement.

Jeffrey Berk has also included several resources. These include a list of disability support offices for a variety of universities across the country. An interview form and answers to questions are also included.

This useful resource will help any student with a disability when planning for higher education, but is vital for those who plan to participate in athletics.