Specific Disability Resources
Below is a list of websites and resources containing more information about various disabilities. If you have questions, or simply wish to talk about what you’ve read, please contact us.
- For teaching strategies for Deaf or hard of hearing students, visit the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. Be sure to select captioned films when showing videos to the class. See the resources available on our "Creating Accessible Courses" page.
- Learning Disabilities Association of America is a non-profit advocacy organization for persons with learning disabilities
- Characteristics and challenges faced by students with psychiatric disorders can be found through the National Institute for Mental Health. Disability Resources partners with the University Counseling Center to support students, and welcomes notification of any observations that cause concern. The Student Support Services team in the Office of the Dean of Students encourages the use of the CARE System to report student concerns.
- For insight into our veteran college students, visit the Brain Injury Association of America and read about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the National Institute of Mental Health
- For teaching strategies for students with Asperger Syndrome, the book Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel, by Lorraine E. Wolf, Jane Thierfeld Brown, and G. Ruth Kukiela Bork may be a helpful resource.
- For students with concussions, keep in mind that in order to promote a full recovery, students are often encouraged to rest and avoid light/sound/screens/reading—much of which is necessary to keep up with academics. Persisting with academics during this time may exacerbate symptoms and prolong recovery. Students are often advised to limit or eliminate any computer use immediately after a concussion because lighting can trigger headaches. If a student simply cannot avoid computer use, changing the refresh rate, screen contrast or background color can reduce eyestrain. Some students, who initially present documentation for concussion may go on to be diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome—leading to eligibility for permanent disability accommodation.
Resources on the Disability Rights Movement/History
The rich civil rights history of hard fought legislation continues today for persons with disabilities and their advocates. Inspired by the success of the Civil Rights Movement that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that forbid racial discrimination, the Disability Rights Movement has influenced legislation that resulted in the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Only an hour away, in Buffalo, NY, the new Museum of disABILITY History houses a collection of physical exhibits as well as a virtual museum. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has an online, interactive history of the Disability Rights Movement. Further website suggestions include the Disability Social History Project and the Disability History Museum.
Finally, the University of California Berkeley has compiled a website of history, resources and research on the history of the Disability Rights Movement. An exhibit at the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in San Francisco has a comprehensive exhibit on the historic "Section 504 Sit-in" entitled Patient No More.