social spark Aisling Beatha: August 2017

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Students with Disabilities


My youngest son has 2 chronic digestive conditions.  That and the fact that he has just finished his degree and is off to do his Masters soon classes him as a disabled student.  No it doesn't mean he has to use a wheelchair or other mobility aid, but it affects him in ways that are generally hidden from those he interacts with at university. Hidden Disabilities are just as real.

There are facilities and systems in place at major universities that are supposed to "level the playing field" for all students with disabilities compared to their fellow students.  Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't.

Yesterday my son had a phone interview with the Disability Service at the university he will be attending from next month for his full year Masters Course.  This morning he received an email back from the service and I have to say that out of all the interactions he has had during his studies, this is the one that has understood the best, recommended the most and I am just in awe of them compared to previous interactions.  To the extent that I want to hug the woman who has dealt with his case.  Hug her and send her gifts.  In fact I have even stated this morning, "I want to marry her!"

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