Accommodating Students with Disabilities

The following resources are helpful to schools of nursing looking to accommodate students with disabilities. Please send additional resources for posting to

White Paper on Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Nursing Educational Programs
Rush University

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Nursing Education
Southern Regional Educational Board

National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities
NOND's website includes helpful resources and links for nurse educators.

ODEP/NOND Alliance
The Office of Disability Employment  Policy (ODEP) and National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to promote the employment of people with disabilities in the healthcare industry.  ODEP and NOND hereby form an Alliance to conduct outreach, education and technical assistance activities that promote the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of individuals with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, in the healthcare sector.

Technical Standards

Admission, Academic Progression, and Graduation
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Aligning Technical Standards with 21st Century Medical Education
Free Webinar from the Association of American Medical Colleges

Nursing School Admission
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Journal Articles and Books

Bagenstos, S.R. (2016, October). Technical standards and lawsuits involving accommodations for health professions students. AMA Journal of Ethics, 18(10), 1010-1016.

Curry, R.H., Meeks, L.M., & Iezzoni, L.I. (2020, December). Beyond technical standards: A competency-based framework for access and inclusion in medical education. Academic Medicine, 95(12S), S109-12.

Dupler, A.E., Allen, C.B., Mahaedy, D., Fleming, S., & Allen, M.J. (2012, March). Leveling the playing field for nursing students with disabilities: Implications of the amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Journal of Nursing Education,  51(3), 140-144.

Jones, Robin. (2013, March). ADA Amendments Act and Accommodations, Great Lakes ADA Center.
Marks, B. (2007). Cultural Competence Revisited: Nursing Students with Disabilities. Journal of Nursing Education, 46(2), 70-74.
Marks, B & Ailey, S. A. (2014) White Paper on Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Nursing Educational Programs. Sacramento, CA: California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD). 
Marks, B., & Mcculloh, K. (2016). Success for Students and Nurses With Disabilities. Nurse Educator, 41(1), 9-12.

Meeks, L.M., Jain, N.R., Laird, E.P. (2020). Equal Access for Students with Disabilities: The Guide for Health Science and Professional Education. Springer Publishing Company.

Meeks, L.M. & Neal-Boylan, L. (2020). Disability as Diversity. Springer International Publishing.

Neal-Boylan, L., Miller, M., & Bell, J. (2018). Building Academic Communities to Support Nursing Students with Disabilities: An Integrative Review. Building Healthy Academic Communities, 2(1), DOI:
Neal-Boylan, L. & Miller, M. (2017). Treat me like everyone else: The experience of nurses who had disabilities while in school. Nurse Educator. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000348 
Neal-Boylan, L. J., & Guillett, S. E. (2008). Nurses with disabilities: Can changing our educational system keep them in nursing? Nurse Educator, 33(4), 1-4.