Weekly News Update
From the National Center for College Students with Disabilities
Last Week's Top News Stories about Disability and Higher Education
October 22-28, 2023
"Generation P" is entering collegehttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/admissions/traditional-age/2023/10/23/assessing-college-readiness-pandemic-generation?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=6ffd500779-WNU_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-6ffd500779-225808461&mc_cid=6ffd500779&mc_eid=d5645fe552 and admissions officers are adapting to consider the academic, social, and emotional setbacks students experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey's Division of Civil Rights has entered into a Consent Decree with Mercer County Community Collegehttps://www.njoag.gov/attorney-general-platkin-announces-settlement-with-mercer-county-community-college-resolving-allegations-of-disability-discrimination-involving-covid-19/ after an employee with COVID-19 was fired instead of getting an extended medical leave or accommodation to work remotely.
Nearly half of adjunct faculty said they had such low salaries that they postponed necessary health care and mental health serviceshttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2023/10/27/contingent-faculty-members-report-low-pay-mull-quitting, according to a new American Federation of Teachers survey.
The Netflix series Sex Education has started its final seasonhttps://www.mcgilldaily.com/2023/10/sex-educations-academic-utopia/, with the main characters going to college, where they learn about disability rights and accessibility.
Two college soccer players helped Team USA win gold in the Deaf Olympics: Spring Arbor University's Paige Beaudryhttps://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2023/10/27/metro-detroit-hard-of-hearing-soccer-star-inspires-next-generation-of-players/ and Lafayette College'shttps://lafayettestudentnews.com/152872/sports/junior-ani-khachadourian-helps-us-clinch-womens-deaf-football-world-championship/ Ani Khachadourianhttps://lafayettestudentnews.com/152872/sports/junior-ani-khachadourian-helps-us-clinch-womens-deaf-football-world-championship/.
In a recent survey, 75% of faculty had conversations with students about mental healthhttps://www.chronicle.com/article/professors-struggle-with-demands-to-tend-to-students-mental-health?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_8145147_nl_Academe-Today_date_20231030&cid=at&sra=true, but only half believed they could recognize a student in crisis.
The University of Toldeo's law school has a new Disability and Education Law Associationhttps://news.utoledo.edu/index.php/10_30_2023/disability-justice-motivates-law-student-in-career-student-organization for students.
A cyberbreach at the University of Michiganhttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/quick-takes/2023/10/25/hackers-access-data-230k-university-michigan?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=8202d04c02-DNU_2021_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-8202d04c02-225808461&mc_cid=8202d04c02&mc_eid=d5645fe552 led to an Internet shutdown after hackers accessed personal information for 230,000 students, staff, and faculty, including health information.
Colleges and universities in New Jersey must implement comprehensive suicide prevention and mental health programshttps://www.app.com/story/news/local/2023/10/25/nj-law-will-require-colleges-to-expand-suicide-preventative-efforts/71299871007/ beginning in fall of 2024.
First-year Grinnell College student Eliza Clinehttps://thesandb.com/44241/opinion/op-ed-grinnell-has-an-ableism-problem/ shares her perceptions of ableism on campus and how the Disability Cultural Association is addressing it.
A promotional video is available for the upcoming Japanese movie A Sign of Affection (Yubisaki to Renrenhttps://www.panasiabiz.com/76855/watch-romantic-anime-a-sign-of-affection-first-promo-video-released/), which will debut in the U.S. in January 2024; the story follows a Deaf college student and her romance with a hearing upperclassman.
The annual Deaf Town event at Ohio State Universityhttps://www.hometownstations.com/voices-were-prohibited-at-osu-limas-annual-deaf-town-event/article_12e651b8-72a9-11ee-9cf9-6b7db54b6a0b.html required nonverbal communication, with a "Town Jail" for people who used their voices.
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