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Students With Mental Health Disabilities Are Not a Burden

Halfway through my time in college, I found myself wondering whether I should bother returning to therapy, either on or off-campus. Despite having studied psychology for a few years and having previously seen a therapist on campus, I felt apprehensive
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Florida’s New “School Safety” Law Discriminates Against Students With Mental Illnesses

Note: In an effort not to conflate the specific legal meanings of “mental illness” with the intentionally broad umbrella term “neurodivergent,” the following article predominantly uses the terms “mental health” and “mental illness” rather than “neurodivergent.” However, in certain cases…
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Have Schools Become More Inclusive and Accessible in the Last 28 Years?

When I started school in the Malden public school system just outside Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1990s, accessibility and accommodations in the classroom were a significant challenge. It’s now been 28 years since the the Americans with Disabilities Act
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How Do We Bring Social Justice to Special Education? With Love.

“What’s the Matter?” [Child sobbing under his desk] “They said I killed the worms, but I swear I didn’t kill the worms!” “Don’t worry, I believe you.” “[Sniff] But they’re gonna tell the principal that I killed the worms!” “That’s…
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In Case of Emergency, What Happens to Disabled Students?

One of my most vivid third grade memories involves a fire drill. While the bells clamored overhead, we dutifully streamed out the door of our ground-level classroom, proceeding down the ramp to our required assembly point on the playground, near…

VIDEO: SSI: Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

We all know that managing your money can be tricky and complicated at times. But what about if you are on Social Security benefits programs, such as Supplemental Security Income, or SSI?  How do you ensure that you are receiving
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Disabled People are Missing from Conversations on Campus Sexual Assault

Last month, the National Council on Disability released “Not on the Radar,” a comprehensive report about campus sexual assault and the disability community. It reveals extensive failures on this issue, from accessibility barriers at rape crisis services to…

VIDEO: Error 404: Accessibility Not Found

Almost everyone knows how frustrating it is when a website won’t load, or when your internet connection suddenly cuts out.  Now imagine that frustration when you know what you’re trying to see is right in front of you – but…

VIDEO: The Right to Your Graduation

It’s the New Year, and that means we are just about six months away from graduation. Graduation is an exciting time to celebrate all of our accomplishments, but what if you can’t attend your own graduation because you have a…