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Guide to disability

The information below is an introduction, rather than an exhaustive list of conditions. Please do contact us at anytime should you wish to gain further insight on specific disabilities. If you want to learn more about each disability, you will find a list of links on our Specific Disability Resources page.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Learning Disabilities

Mobility Disabilities

Medical Disabilities

Psychiatric Disabilities

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Visual Impairments

Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Autism Spectrum Disorders

[From "Faculty Guide for Working with Students with Asperger Syndrome", an appendix in Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel, by Lorraine E. Wolf, Jane Thierfeld Brown, and G. Ruth Kukiela Bork]:

Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder that is characterized by deficits in social skills, communication, and unusual repetitive behaviors. It is sometimes referred to as "high-functioning autism." The core feature appears to be the individual's inability to understand the thoughts, feelings and motivations of other people and to use this understanding to regulate his or her own behaviors.

The following characteristics are typical in an individual with Asperger Syndrome. Due to the diversity and complexity of this disability, you may not see all of these characteristics in a given student. It is important to understand these characteristics, because they can result in behaviors that are easy to misinterpret. Often behaviors that seem odd or unusual or even rude are in fact unintentional symptoms of AS.

General Characteristics

Functional Impact

Communication and Social Skills

Some Tips


Some Tips

Some Considerations

Students may have sophisticated and impressive vocabulary and excellent rote memory but may have difficulty with high-level thinking and comprehension skills. They can give the impression that they understand, when in reality they may be repeating what they have heard or read. Many individuals with Asperger Syndrome are visual learners. Pictures and graphs may be helpful to them.

Instructional Tips