Colleges, student-athletes may be misusing disability designation

12/29/2009 | USA Today

Colleges may be mislabeling some student-athletes as "learning disabled," allowing those who do not have learning disabilities to get special treatment in meeting academic requirements necessary to play sports, writes the editorial board of USA Today. The number of new NCAA athletes requesting special academic treatment because of a learning disability rose by 70% last school year, the writers state, raising questions about whether the designation is being overused and whether student-athletes are getting an adequate education.

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