Quebec college system sees increase in students with special needs

The number of students with learning disabilities in public colleges in Quebec, Canada, climbed to 2,563 in 2010 -- up from 504 in 2007 -- and the number of students with mental-health issues also has risen. At Dawson College, more than 300 students with special needs have registered this semester for accommodations such as scheduling help and extra time on exams. The federation representing Quebec's 48 public colleges is seeking $13 million for students with learning disabilities and mental-health issues besides the roughly $7 million a year allocated for students with physical disabilities.

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