Students have mixed reactions to temporary disabilities accommodations

Last winter, Engineering sophomore Sam Greeley developed a severe case of Achilles tendinitis, an ankle injury confining her to crutches for weeks, adding unexpected challenges to her daily life.

After receiving attention from the University of Michigan Hospital, Greeley was not informed of the accommodations available to her from Services for Students with Disabilities. It was not until two days after her hospital visit that she learned about the services available to students with temporary conditions.

“I wasn’t given any contact information for a ride or a cab (from the hospital),” Greeley said. “While you are mostly mobile on crutches, travelling just down the hallway, especially in the beginning, was very tiresome.”

In 2015-2016, 108 students were registered with temporary disabilities, according to the SSD Annual Report. When students injure themselves, they face an unanticipated number of challenges when confined to crutches, wheelchairs and others walking aids. All services are free to students.


What Is The White House Trying To Tell People With Disabilities?

The nation’s last Republican President, George W. Bush, stated in his first month in office about people with disabilities, “Wherever any barrier stands between you and the full rights and dignity of citizenship, we must work to remove it, in the name of simple decency and simple justice.”

He was referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law by his father President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. His comment was also a nod to former President Bill Clinton’s expansion of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that applied the same high academic standards for all children, including those with disabilities, as well as the bipartisan Work Incentives Improvement Act that allows people with disabilities to maintain their Medicare or Medicaid coverage when they go to work.

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Employment Collaboration for 3/16 Event

Employment Collaboration for 3/16 Event

Pasco-Hernando State College Career and Testing Services will host an Increase Your Bottom Line by Hiring Individuals with Disabilities Lunch and Learn event for local employers on Thursday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, in R151.

Employers will participate in a panel discussion and learn the benefits of hiring an individual with a disability. Tax benefits, increased employee retention and company profitability are a few of the topics on the agenda. Panel participants include:  PHSC’s office of disabilities services; CareerSource Pasco Hernando; The Arc Nature Coast; Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind; Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc; and Connections, a job development program.

An “Open to All” job fair is scheduled to follow the lunch and learn event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., also in R151 where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from for-profit, government, and...

Google Adds Details On Accessibility

A small change to Google Maps could make a big difference for people with disabilities.

Alongside information about a business’s hours, telephone number and address, the search giant is now including details about whether or not the location has a wheelchair-accessible entrance.

“It’s a step toward providing more information about the accessibility of places around the world,” said Elizabeth Davidoff, communications manager for Google Maps.

The new feature launched late last year and is available globally, Davidoff said. Accessibility details are based on submissions from users.

“For the most part, our users submit feedback on whether a place has an accessible entrance, and once enough data is gathered, we’re able to note that a particular location has a wheelchair accessible entrance,” Davidoff said.

Business owners can also submit information about accessibility through Google My Business.

Adaptive Tech Solutions: New Products

My Pal Violet is a cuddly cute bear that learns your child's name, favorite color and more. Has three different play modes, including music, night time lullaby with auto shut-off, and play activity. Violet has been adapted so a child with a disability can use up to 3 switches (sold separately).

Price: $75.95

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