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Senator Casey Proposes Bills to Aid Disabled Students in Higher Education

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, has introduced two legislative measures aimed at improving access to higher education for students with disabilities. These bills address existing challenges that these students face, such as enrollment and completion of higher education programs.

The first bill, the Higher Education Grant Flexibility Act, would allow students with disabilities who take a reduced course load as a disability accommodation to receive the same federal financial aid as their full-time counterparts. This measure seeks to prevent the need to prorate financial aid, which can negatively impact students’ eligibility for Pell Grants and other federal aid.

The second bill, the Expanding Disability Access to Higher Education Act, proposes an allocation of $50 million to TRIO programs. These programs support first-generation and low-income students, and the funding would help include students with disabilities. TRIO programs, such as Upward Bound and Student Support Services, offer resources like mentoring and career development, which are crucial for supporting the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Senator Casey has been a proactive advocate for the rights of students with disabilities, having previously introduced legislation to enhance their safety and ease their transition to postsecondary education. These new bills continue his efforts to ensure equitable educational opportunities for all students.


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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