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Thanks to the Internet, it is now relatively easy to find out what legal rights you or your learning-differently student has, no matter where in the world you might live. In the United States, you can check out the US Department of Education at . Here you will learn about IDEA:


Individuals With Disabilities Education Act amendments of 1997. (IDEA)
The IDEA formula grant programs (Part B, Sections 611, and 619) assist States in providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 and early intervention services (Part C) for infants and toddlers birth through age two and their families.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that all children have available to them a free and appropriate education designed to meet their unique needs. Changes in the percentage of total public elementary and secondary enrollment and the distribution of students with disabilities affect the level of effort required of educators and policymakers to comply with the current law and help them to forecast the need for future resources.


It is interesting to note that:


The number of students participating in federal programs for children with disabilities has increased at a faster rate than total public school enrollment. Between1977 and 1995, the number of students who participated in federal programs for students with disabilities increased 47%, while total public school enrollment decreased by 2%.


Between 1977 and 1995, the percentage of children with specific learning disabilities as a percentage of total K-12 enrollment rose from 2 to 6%, while those with speech or language impairments or mental retardation decreased slightly.


Do more children learn differently today than in the past, or do these figures reflect the growing public awareness that many student's difficulties do not lie in inattention or laziness but in teaching methods that are not meeting their needs?


In June 1999 at the AHEAD Conference on Dyslexia and Third Level Education, Dr. Gerard Quinn presented a paper entitled, Maintaining Academic Excellence and Achieving Equal Opportunities - An Assessment of Litigation Involving Students with Learning Disabilities Against American Universities. Dr. Quinn's closing paragraph ends on a positive note for our students:


In sum, it is submitted that the above review of the legislation and case law demonstrates that it is possible to reconcile the desire to maintain high academic standards with the achievement of equal opportunity for students with disabilities including those with learning disabilities.


In the UK you can find out about the disabled students allowance (DSA) at .


What can DSAs be used for?

They can help pay for:

·          specialist equipment you need for studying - for example, computer software

·          non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker or reader

·          extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability

·          other costs - for example, tapes or Braille paper


Allowances for full-time and part-time higher education students’

DSAs are paid on top of other student loans, grants and bursaries.


Type of allowance

Full-time students

Part-time students

Specialist equipment

£5,161 for entire course

£5,161 for entire course

Non-medical helper

£20,520 a year

£15,390 a year (depends on intensity of course)

General Disabled Students' Allowances

 £1,724 a year

 £1,293 a year (depends on intensity of course)




Allowances for postgraduate students


To obtain the grant the student (or someone acting on the student's behalf) must apply to his/her Local Education Authority.


Dyslexia International, located in Brussels, Belgium, has an excellent section of their website devoted to worldwide educational resourses.  Below you can see their section on Denmark which appears at :



Ministry of Education


List of the Universities in Denmark


Other services and support networks


The Danish Dyslexia Organization :

Danish Information Center for Dyslexia :


Country with European Dyslexia Association memberships



For further information about this country,
please click on the following link





We can.  We are the ones who have to change the system. We are the ones who need to vote to spend the money and fund the programs.  And in doing so, we will not only be saving the self-respect of individuals and providing them with an opportunity to succeed, we will also be saving ourselves and others a lot of tax money down the line.


Students Who Learn Differently Overseas


by Susan van Alsenoy, AWC Antwerp




Page created 10/29/99 EvE. Last updated 03/01/11 SvA.




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