Student Disability Services Newsletter - March 2016

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March is Disability Awareness Month for Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is caused by damage to the brain either during pregnancy or after birth.

Interesting Facts:

  • Non-life-threatening: unless severe, individuals are expected to live well into adulthood
  • Permanent: condition will not change for better or worse during the individual’s lifetime
  • Manageable: with treatment, therapy, and medication, the individual can have an enhanced quality of life
  • Chronic: long-term damage that will last for the individual’s entire life
  • Non-contagious: cannot spread through human contact
  • Incurable: the damage to the brain cannot be fixed

The individual is challenged by movement, muscle control and coordination. Common classroom accommodations are:

  • Preferential seating for individuals using wheelchairs
  • Note takers
  • Scribes
  • Recording devices
  • Extended time for tests
  • Speech-to-text software
  • Personal assistant

In Honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, a List of Famous Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

  • Josh Blue-sculptor, painter, television producer
  • Christy Brown-painter, writer
  • Geri Jewell-comedian, actor
  • Anne McDonald-author
  • RJ Mitte-actor

Disability Inclusion and Sensitivity Tip: Bathroom Usage

Accessible bathroom stalls are designed to accommodate a person who either uses a wheelchair or has another physical or mobility-related disability. They have bars to assist with mobility, toilets that are low, sinks that are low and close enough to accommodate the user, and space to accommodate the size and rotation of a wheelchair. None of these features are available in a non-accessible stall. Please consider this and be sensitive to the needs of students with physical disabilities.

Disability Quote of the Month

"The way my brain processes information is quite odd. I mean, I have Attention Deficit Disorder and another learning disability I can't even spell. I don't even have a high school diploma. I'm smart, but you can't prove it on paper."
~Ron White