Student Disability Services Newsletter - January 2016

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February is Disability Awareness Month for Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.

Interesting Facts:

  • 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."
~Martina Navratilova