Recommendations to New York State for strategies to increase access
8. Funding and Financial Mechanisms to Enhance the Educational Opportunity for Students with Disabilities (continued)
- The New York State Education Department and the four sectors develop a coordinated advocacy effort to seek
additional state and federal resources that colleges and universities will require to meet the demands of increased
enrollment of students with disabilities.
- New York's congressional delegation and members of the state legislature are called upon to amend federal and
state tax law to allow tax credits for legitimate education-related disability expenses (similar to the new federal
Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Credits currently available).
- New York State creates Income Protection Allowances (IPA) to recognize extraordinary disability accommodation
costs. Title IV of Congressional Methodology, which sets rules for determining financial aid eligibility, is amended
to take the costs associated with disabilities into account when determining income, and New York State similarly
amends its formula for determining financial aid eligibility.