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Invisible Disabilities

Posted On September 4, 2019
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Invisible disabilities will go unnoticed unless they are disclosed to you. For example, a person who uses a wheelchair can be easily perceived as someone with some sort of mobility impairment; and a person who wears heavily tinted glasses and uses a cane can be perceived as someone with a vision impairment. However, invisible disabilities… more »

Sign Language Interpreting Services

Posted On July 31, 2019
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Sign language interpreters are professionals who facilitate communication between deaf or hard of hearing (d/hh) and hearing individuals. Interpreting from English to American Sign Language (ASL) and from ASL to English allows both d/hh and hearing individuals to understand and communicate with each other. The d/hh person may be a member of faculty or staff,… more »

Sickle Cell Anemia and Academic Accommodations

Posted On July 1, 2019
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According to this year’s data report via quick base server, Georgia State’s office of Disability Services provides accommodations to more than 100 students across all campuses who identify has having sickle cell disease. The centers for disease control and prevention defines this disease as a collective of inherited red blood cell disorders which clog blood… more »

The Law and Academic Accommodations

Posted On May 23, 2019
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The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 are laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was an initial step in the right direction; however, it only applied to programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. This was not enough to address the needs… more »

Disclosing Accommodations Tips

Posted On April 30, 2019
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Disability Services provides registered students the option to email their accommodation letters to professors. Although this email includes details for extended time on assignments, note taking services, lecture recording and more, students are encouraged to extend communication beyond this notification. It is up to the student to collaborate with their professors on how their accommodations… more »

Disability and Caregivers

Posted On April 1, 2019
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In the United States today, there are more than 39.8 million caregivers providing care to loved ones aged 18+ with a disability or illness (U.S. Census, 2017). Loved ones in need of care including but not limited to those with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, health impairments, brain Injuries, psychological disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity… more »

World Justice Day and Disability Rights

Posted On February 28, 2019
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Each and everyday people experience and witness social injustices. These injustices include discrimination and exclusivity based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status and disability. The ideas and actions surrounding achieving social justice by eliminating barriers promote peace and equity. Thus, in 2007, the United Nations deemed February 20th world day of social justice to… more »

Students with Disabilities Recording Classes

Posted On December 21, 2018
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The recording of classes is a common accommodation for students with print-related disabilities and/or who are auditory learners. For example, consider an individual with severe dyslexia, who may find reading any material quite a challenging endeavor. Students with visual impairments, slow processing speed disorders and some other differing abilities may also need to record classes.… more »

Scholarship Opportunities

Posted On November 30, 2018
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Financial security is often an unfortunate determinant in student success when completing higher education. According to a recent study conducted at East Carolina University, more than 57% of the students surveyed reported difficulty funding their education without help from external resources (Millea, Wills, Elder, & Molina, 2018). Students who experience financial constraints often either end… more »