Weekly News Update
From the National Center for College Students with Disabilities
Last Week's Top News Stories about Disability and Higher Education
October 15-21, 2023
Wheelchair basketball season is here! The NWBA Intercollegiate Division informationhttps://www.nwba.org/intercollegiate has links for your favorite teams and their game schedules.
Peer mental health support has existed for a long time thanks to groups like Active Mindshttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/students/physical-mental-health/2023/10/17/paying-students-provide-mental-health-support, and some universities are formalizing the system, paying students to be mental health peer educators.
Post-pandemic, the number of students asking for disability accommodations has risenhttps://fordhamobserver.com/74509/recent/news/office-of-disability-services-adjusts-to-post-pandemic-influxes/ on some campuses; Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus is experiencing a 58% increase in newly registered students sometimes struggling to navigate campus disability policies.
Conservative media including National Reviewhttps://www.thecollegefix.com/naval-academy-seeks-gender-and-sexuality-studies-professor/ and The College Fixhttps://www.thecollegefix.com/naval-academy-seeks-gender-and-sexuality-studies-professor/ are concerned about the U.S. Naval Academy seeking a professor of gender and sexuality studies, with a subspeciality in disability studies welcome.
A Students for ADHD Inclusivity grouphttps://thedailytexan.com/2023/10/18/students-look-to-form-adhd-inclusivity-organization/ is forming at the University of Texas At Austin, with hopes of networking, supporting each other, and setting up ADHD testing through the Counseling and Mental Health Center.
Accessible lab spaces are a welcome addition for the University of North Carolina'shttps://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2023/10/university-wheelchair-accessible-labs-morehead-labs STEM students with disabilities, who credit advocacy the Crips in College student group for making it happen.
A $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Educationhttps://carsonnow.org/story/10/17/2023/grant-gives-nevada-10m-bring-more-transition-services-people-disabilities will fund a new transition program for students with disabilities in Nevada, including increased education about postsecondary education.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion work must also include accessibility and belonginghttps://www.diverseeducation.com/opinion/article/15636973/accessibility-and-belonging-cornerstones-of-diversity-equity-and-inclusion, say Leon Burns and Dr. Antonio Ellis in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
A new disability-focused library will be available to studentshttps://thedailytexan.com/2023/10/22/ut-disability-cultural-center-to-open-disability-focused-library-for-students/ through the Disability Cultural Center at the University of Texas At Austin.
ADHD can be hard to diagnose in people who don't fit the mold, including womenhttps://www.albionpleiad.com/2023/10/opinion-adhd-in-college-the-albion-disadvantage/, and being diagnosed in college also presents challenges, says Hannah Fathman from Albion College.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign announced the first university-based certificate in information accessibility design and policyhttps://iadp.ahs.illinois.edu/history/, noting it's fit with the university's long history of disability inclusion going back to the 1940s.
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