The Future of Disability in America

Our conclusions, as detailed in this report, entitled The Future of Disability in America, document the sobering reality that far too little progress has been made in the last two decades to prepare for the aging of the baby boom generation and to remove the obstacles that limit what too many people with physical and cognitive impairments can achieve.

Being Bullied Tied to Anxiety, Depression in Special-Needs Kids

“What is notable about these findings is that despite all the many challenges these children face in relation to their chronic medical or developmental diagnosis, being bullied or excluded by their peers were the factors most likely to predict whether or not they reported symptoms of depression,” study leader Dr. Margaret Ellis McKenna, a senior fellow in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.

Making the Most of College Visits

For many of you, spring break is your chance to sleep in, hang out with friends, or take a vacation with your family; however, for juniors just starting their college search and for seniors making their final selection, spring is the prime time for visiting college campuses.

Nurses With Disabilities: Another Minority Group

Still another rationale used to support technical standards is that in order to teach a student or patient, a nurse needs to be able to do everything that could potentially be taught, explains Beth Marks, RN, PhD, assistant director of the Rehabilitation, Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Bring Down the Barriers—Seen and Unseen By Rachel Adams

The Chronicle

A colleague in a wheelchair goes into an underground passage connecting two campus buildings. Once the entrance locks behind him, he discovers that the door at the other end refuses to open with his swipe card. Although he is a vigorous man of middle age, the maintenance worker who comes to his rescue calls him Pops.

A student with a sensory-processing disorder needs to sit in the front row of class and take notes on a laptop computer, but the professor insists that laptops may be used only in the back of the room. After the student explains her situation, he announces to the entire class that he is making a “special exception” for her.

I heard these and other stories about broken elevators, stairs without handrails, and inaccessible bathrooms at a recent panel on disability and the university that I organized on campus for students, faculty, and staff from our Office of Disability Services.

The news wasn’t all so grim. One student with muscular dystrophy was welcomed into the marching band, and another described her professors as generous and accommodating. A professor who had been around since the 1980s insisted that conditions at our university are much better today than they were in the recent past. And the panelists and audience agreed that there was a general climate of acceptance and good will toward accommodating people with disabilities on campus.
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