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By Maryann B. Hunsberger Photos by Rebecca Shavulsky When Hollis Painting, communications director at Advancing Opportunities in Ewing, contacted me about Carly Hewitt, she told me that the 23-year-old had a compelling story to tell. Hewitt reached out to me by email soon after, expressing an interest in being interviewed. I didn’t realize as I tried to set up a phone interview with Hewitt that she is mostly nonverbal. We began our communication by email, and I soon learned that Hewitt was emailing me using only her eyes. We set up an appointment to meet in person. In the meantime, I spoke with Jeannette Van Houten, an assistive technology consultant at Advancing Opportunities, who has... Continued
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If there is a topic you would like us to address in the future – or, if you would like to write an article for us - please contact us at Accommodating Students - So you received a Letter of Accommodation. What’s next? WHAT do I do when I get an accommodation letter? The letter of accommodations (LOA), informs the professor of the necessary accommodations required to facilitate equal access in class. The professor should review the letter and make note of the accommodations listed; in some cases, discuss implementation with the student or coordinator. The student should leave the conversation with the... Continued
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In partnership with faculty and staff across campus, the Office of Disability Services is excited to kick off their monthly Access Advocates feature. This month, Residence Life helps us understand why it may seem like you are seeing more animals in classrooms and residence halls. If there is a topic you would like us to address in the future – or, if you would like to write an article for us - please contact us at   Animals on Campus - Understanding Why They're Here It seems like there are more animals on campus; what’s going on? Students are bringing... Continued
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In the summer of 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law ground-breaking legislation created to improve the lives of people throughout the United States. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated for the first time that individuals could not be discriminated against because of their disability. This broad civil rights law paved the way for individuals with disabilities to receive the same opportunities and experiences as their abled peers in all aspects of public life including education, employment, and the community. The act extends beyond the customarily visible accommodations, such as accessible ramps and parking... Continued
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Mathew Valentine is in his junior year here at Rutgers University. He graciously agreed to find time in his impressively busy schedule to sit down for an interview with the Office of Disability Services. Matthew’s story, like most, began at birth. Although in Matthew’s case, the world welcomed him at 27 weeks - three months premature and weighing just slightly over a pound. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) when about three months old, and has since undergone almost twenty surgeries. The muscles in his lower limbs are most affected. Matthew explained that those muscles are in a constant state of contraction and... Continued