The Design and Implementation of a Disability Services Office Serving Students with Adhd at a Public and a Private Institution

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction-Higher Education

Date of Award

Summer 2017


As the college student population continues to grow, students are bringing various backgrounds to the higher education classroom. Students with learning disabilities are increasing in rapid numbers. In 2008, the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor approved, by a vote of 43 to 1, a bill that would update the Americans with Disabilities Act to include a stricter definition of a person with physical or mental impairments (Lipka, 2008). The stricter definition specifies a list of major life activities that a disability must limit, adding for the first time, concentrating and thinking. One rapidly growing subpopulation continuing to affect the higher education classroom consists of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The purpose of this study was to identify the major factors for the design and implementation of types of resources for students with ADHD at institutions of higher education. The researcher utilized a program theory conceptual framework (Chen, 2005) with components of the change model to conduct a detailed qualitative program evaluation. The components of the change model in evaluating a program are its goals and outcomes, determinants, and the intervention or treatment implemented.


Jon Travis

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Education