Weekly News Update
From the National Center for College Students with Disabilities
Last Week's Top News Stories about Disability and Higher Education
September 17-23, 2023
Welcome back! Here's our first issue for the 2023-2024 academic year!
Yale is no longer requiring students with medical leaves to completely withdraw and reapplyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/06/health/yale-mental-health.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share for admission, after a combination of a recent student suicide, student activism, and a legal settlement forced the change.
In her new memoir, actress Kerry Washington talks about having an eating disorderhttps://etcanada.com/news/1023059/kerry-washington-opens-up-about-suicidal-thoughts-amid-eating-disorder-a-toxic-cycle-of-self-abuse/ during college.
Prospective college students want to stand out in their college admissions essays, but they shouldn't feel pushed to write about past traumashttps://www.teenvogue.com/story/college-essays-trauma-students?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tv&utm_mailing=TNV_Take_092323&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=62d194a36010b0ca4d03f543&cndid=70289449&hasha=2c847bfc20787460a7db69cb2860f55f&hashb=efaf98205061113c7ebe95837db066fcaa2aa8e5&hashc=b4d6e10b3b78c7eccd7d480eae40f8d2f2f188bf515af18ffbaa034740e24001&esrc=subscribe-page&utm_term=TNV_Take, says an op-ed in Teen Vogue.
Students, faculty, and staff can all experience menopausehttps://www.insidehighered.com/opinion/views/2023/09/12/lets-talk-about-higher-ed-and-menopause-opinion?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=22846bcdd7-WNU_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-22846bcdd7-225808461&mc_cid=22846bcdd7&mc_eid=d5645fe552, but higher education is not always a supportive place to share experiences, deal with symptoms like anxiety and depression, or adjust thermostats to "turn down the goddamn heat."
A free "Certificate in Inclusive Excellence" at Augusta Universityhttps://jagwire.augusta.edu/hold-augusta-university-introduces-game-changer-program-to-foster-inclusive-excellence/ will help faculty and staff learn more about inclusion; the certificate includes disability awareness and suicide prevention courses.
Two new centers in higher education are working on disability issues:
* Northwestern University's Center for Racial and Disability Justicehttps://www.law.northwestern.edu/research-faculty/racial-disability-justice/ promotes "justice for people of color, people with disabilities, and individuals at the intersection of race and disability."
* The Center for Virtual Care Value and Equityhttps://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2023/09/university-center-telehealth-research at the University of North Carolina will include research to improve equity in virtual mental health care for college students.
Learn about Usher Syndromehttps://www.asbmb.org/asbmb-today/science/091623/shedding-light-on-usher-syndrome, the leading cause of deaf-blindness, and two women who used accommodations during and after college.
As summers get longer and hotter, air conditioning in dorms is becoming a necessityhttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/students/residential-life/2023/09/18/students-without-air-conditioning-sleep-basements-lounges?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=5a94907fcb-DNU_2021_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-5a94907fcb-198891893&mc_cid=5a94907fcb&mc_eid=a51c972f65 for people with and without disabilities and health conditions.
Binghamton College is setting up additional funding for serviceshttps://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/4505/binghamton-university-announces-new-investments-in-student-life including mental health, disability services, adaptive technology, and transition, with the purpose of showing "disability awareness and action is a campus-wide effort and priority."
Deion Sanders' daughter Shelomi is using her Instagram account to post about having Type I diabeteshttps://www.sportskeeda.com/college-football/news-thats-baby-deion-sanders-shares-heartwarming-response-daughter-shelomi-sanders-post-instagram while attending and playing basketball at the University of Colorado.
A new Service Dog Club at the University of Tennesseehttps://www.utdailybeacon.com/local-events/new-service-dog-club-at-ut-shares-goals-during-national-service-dog-month/article_82c5d964-596c-11ee-87a8-ef8589d23283.html brings together students who use service animals on campus.
Also of note:
People who use American Sign Language can now access ASL services at the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifelinehttps://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/20230908/988-suicide-crisis-lifeline-adds-american-sign-language-services-deaf-hard-of-hearing-callers?utm_source=SAMHSA&utm_campaign=adb4784f66-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_09_08_02_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-adb4784f66-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D by going to 988lifeline.org or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) with a VideoPhone (VP). The NCCSD will soon be adding this to our list of crisis resources at https://nccsd.ici.umn.edu/crisis-resources.
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