The Benefits of Online College for Disabled Students

The Benefits of Online College for Disabled Students
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Written by Carol Trehearn

Disabled students benefit from the wide range of online courses in every field.

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The disabled learn to overcome their physical limitations and pursue their dreams. Many learn to work around their disability to get an education. Modern technology has made learning easier for all students, including the disabled. Students can enroll in a degree program online and graduate without attending any physical classes. However, students must consider the pros and cons of learning online before enrolling in any program. Here are some reasons why disabled students should consider online colleges.

The Benefits of Online College for  Disabled Students

1. Variety of Courses

Disabled students benefit from the wide range of online courses in every field. Top universities around the world have been introducing online programs for all of their traditional programs. Online students can enroll in degree programs that are not offered in their location or state. For instance, any disabled student that intends to study law can choose from the wide variety of online LLM programs.

2. Convenience

One of the most important reasons to study online is convenience. Moving from one location to another, even from one building to another is a great challenge to some disabled students. Online learning is the most convenient way for disabled students to complete their education. Students can study from the comfort of their homes and go as high as they want in education. In addition, they can utilize modern technology to study without much assistance from their caregivers. Disabled students can study online with an anonymous identity to avoid discrimination or prejudice, which is impossible with traditional learning.

3. Reduced Cost

Online degree programs cost less than traditional programs in terms of tuition fees. Disabled students can also save on transport costs and course materials. Students can rely on online resources to complete their online LLM degree or any other program. Disabled students can also take advantage of free courses that will complement their main degree program.

4. Flexibility

Online tutors provide course materials in different formats, including text and audio formats. Disabled students can shift from one technology to another and convert their notes to their preferred format. In addition, online learning gives disabled students various ways of communicating and interacting with their tutors and other students. Students can send audio responses instead of regular text. Online lessons also offer flexibility in terms of study schedules. A student determines the best time to study and complete his or her assignments. Disabled students learn at their pace, competence, and ability while studying online.

5. Career Advancement

Getting a first job is a great achievement to the disabled. However, many settle for that level of their career without realizing the opportunities available to advance their career. Disabled students can juggle work and studies like other students, depending on their capabilities. Online studies enable them to utilize their off hours effectively and advance in their career path. Studying online also enables disabled students to interact with other students with similar challenges from all parts of the world. The students share ideas and opportunities for personal growth and career advancement.


Disabled students have numerous opportunities to get a college education and advance their careers online. Online learning is the best choice for such students because it is flexible, convenient, and often cheaper. Disabled students can pursue their preferred degree program from any university in the world, as long as the program is available online.

Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer  the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring  you to Get All A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally?Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.

I’ve accepted that I am where I am and that’s a good thing.  

2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?

 I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space.  I need to be more mindful of my tolerance of others.

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the  goals and dreams that you still have.

I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a small holding surrounded by animals.  My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.

4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways?  Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?

I love peace and quiet and ironically that’s not so easy to achieve in a world filled with people.  

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my own space and my independence. Love my family, friends and  my pets.

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Carol Trehearn

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