Student Disability Services Newsletter - January 2016
February is Disability Awareness Month for Rheumatoid Arthritis
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
- There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.
- More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis.
- People of all races, ages, and sexes have arthritis.
- Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities, and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs.
- It is the leading cause of disability in America.
Students can be challenged by mobility, dexterity, and fatigue. Common classroom accommodations are:
- Extended time for tests and assignments
- Note taker
- Speech-to-text software
- Parking in close proximity to campus buildings
- Recording devices
- Extra time to get to classes
Specific information retrieved from the Arthritis Foundation (opens in a new window)
In honor of Black History Month, a list of famous African Americans with arthritis or related conditions are:
- Tiger Woods - Arthritis
- Shaquille O'Neal - Osteoarthritis
- Kobe Bryant - Severe Arthritis
- Debbie Allen - Arthritis
Disability Inclusion and Sensitivity Tip: People First Language
"Use People First Language in all communications. Calling someone a "disabled person" puts the disability first, as the sole qualifier of that person. A "person with a disability" is a person first and foremost, and that language emphasizes each person's individuality, dignity, value and capabilities."
For examples, view the People First Language Language (opens in a new window)
Specific information retrieved from Disability Is Natural (opens in a new window)
Disability Quote of the Month
"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone."