Improving Access to Higher Education Act of 2017 (H.R.3199)

Brief Summary:

This bill does a number of things to improve access to, and quality of, higher education for people with disabilities. The proposed bill would create competitive grants for post-secondary institutions that provide professional development and technical assistance, in order to improve access to and completion of postsecondary education for students with disabilities. This bill also mandates the existence of, and increases responsibilities for, offices of disability services at institutions of higher education. It also establishes a federal commission whose mandate would be to develop guidelines for accessible post-secondary electronic instructional materials and technologies.


This bill was introduced in the House by Representative Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA-11] in July of 2017. It has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Supporting Organizations:

Teacher Education Division of CEC

Association of University Centers on Disability

American Foundation for the Blind

Higher Education Consortium for Special Education

National Council for Learning Disabilities

National Down Syndrome Congress



Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]

Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]

Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]

Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]

Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]

Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]

Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]

Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]

Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]

Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]