Weekly News Update
From the National Center for College Students with Disabilities
Last Week's Top News Stories about Disability and Higher Education
October 29 - November 4, 2023
Rutgers professor Lauren Shallish and colleagues aim to prevent the school-to-prison pipelinehttps://www.newark.rutgers.edu/news/focusing-special-ed-prison-pipeline-disability-awareness-month and help incarcerated individuals with disabilities earn college degrees.
In Ontario, McMaster University's Student Accessibility Services saw a 58.5% increasehttps://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/articles/student-accessibility-services-review/ in disabled student registrations, which led to several positive outcomes, including a review of the department, greater support for diverse students, and a shift to the social model of disability.
As Texas bans DEI programs at public colleges and universities,https://www.texastribune.org/2023/10/25/texas-dei-ban-rice-university/ the private non-profit Rice University in Houston is stepping up its DEI efforts, including disability initiatives.
There are several news items about mental health and student survivors of sexual violence:
At least 1 in 5 undergraduate students and 1 in 3 graduate students are parents<https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ed7f7e97e1c361545410fe4/t/653fb61a874d35115dd2683e/1698674203747/GH_Student+Parents+%26+Intimate+Partner+Violence+Report_Final_Pages.pdf>, but campus mental health and sexual violence centers are usually not equipped to deal with domestic violence among parenting students or their children.
Know Your IX student group<https://www.insidehighered.com/news/government/2023/11/02/title-ix-activists-continue-push-new-rule-reflect-progress-made?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=fbfcc91e03-DNU_2021_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-fbfcc91e03-225808461&mc_cid=fbfcc91e03&mc_eid=d5645fe552> connects survivors of sexual assault and allies, providing education and advocacy for change, including ways Title IX could address disability.
The Federal Government Accountability Office published<https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-24-106282> a report with guidance to help survivors of sexual violence persist in college and manage student loans, including the provision of mental health services.
Sofiya Kalinova moved from Bulgaria to Ireland, graduated law school, and is now the first deaf lawyer in Irelandhttps://www.msn.com/en-ie/lifestyle/family-relationships/it-s-been-a-lot-of-years-of-hard-work-meet-ireland-s-first-deaf-barrister-sofiya-kalinova/ar-AA1jn7ax, working through barriers as an immigrant, a deaf person, and a woman.
Ohio University asks employees to self-report demographic informationhttps://www.thepostathens.com/article/2023/11/diversity-information-race-ethnicity-disability-federal-requirements-ohio-university, including disability status, but the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmative action decision may affect that process.
The Rochester Institute of Technologyhttps://www.rit.edu/news/rit-scientists-receive-grant-expand-work-sign-language-lexicon-chemistry is developing a standardized sign language vocabulary for chemistry, which may increase Deaf students' academic performance in chemistry courses.
Three disabled students at Davidson College share experienceshttps://www.davidson.edu/news/2023/11/03/navigating-disability-college-process with the college search process and some tips for future students.
A Harvard study found that young adults ages 18-25https://www.insidehighered.com/news/students/physical-mental-health/2023/11/01/lack-purpose-drives-anxiety-depression-young-adults?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=19505679a5-DNU_2021_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-19505679a5-225808461&mc_cid=19505679a5&mc_eid=d5645fe552 are having anxiety and depression twice as frequently as teenagers, with 58% feeling their lives lacked "meaning or purpose."
The U.S. Department of Education has released a list of national programshttps://osepideasthatwork.org/sites/default/files/2023-10/OSEP-IDEAs-Menu-508.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that provide technical assistance, including centers focused on transition and postsecondary education.
The Gallaudet football team has a history of innovationshttps://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/nov/1/from-inventing-huddle-to-trying-new-helmet-gallaud/, including players inventing the football huddle and students bringing drums to games.
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