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Welcome Back!

Posted On August 18, 2017
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August is an exciting time of the year as it marks the beginning of a new academic year. Georgia State University’s campuses are buzzing with activity as newly admitted as well as continuing students return for classes. Disability Services welcomes new and returning Georgia State students back to campus and wishes everyone a successful and… more »

Accommodations for Testing

Posted On July 27, 2017
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Accommodations for Graduate Level Standardized Tests

In order to apply for admission into a graduate program, an individual must complete the appropriate graduate level examination. An individual’s career and academic interest determines which test(s) he or she needs to complete prior to admission. All national testing services are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act… more »

Smoother Transitions

Posted On June 29, 2017
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According to a 2011 study, almost 65%of high school students with disabilities enrolled in a post-secondary institution to pursue higher education within eight years of leaving high school (Newman et al., 2011). One possible reason for this is that many careers and jobs now require specialized knowledge and skills which can be learned by attending… more »

Welcoming International Students

Posted On June 1, 2017
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Georgia State University has a diverse student population and has students from 47 different countries (College Factual, 2015). As outlined in the university’s Diversity Strategic Plan, the university aims to become a national model for diversity in higher education by offering an inclusive and welcoming environment which promotes intercultural interactions. To support the university’s mission… more »

How to Adult

Posted On April 27, 2017
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Are colleges fully preparing graduates to be competent adults and professionals? This is an ongoing debate among employers, educators and students. According to a survey conducted by PayScale in 2016, only 50 percent of the employers who were surveyed agreed that college graduates had the skills, such as critical thinking and attention to detail that… more »

The Empowering Nature of Self-Advocacy

Posted On March 31, 2017
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Many students with disabilities can attest to the saying “you never get anything if you don’t ask”. Students with disabilities who have letter that outlines their academic accommodations issued by Disability Services have a right to receive those accommodations in their classes. Some students, however, feel uncomfortable and hesitate to approach their professors and make… more »

Taking Advantage of Our Resources

Posted On February 27, 2017
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Disability Services makes available many beneficial resources to Georgia State students registered with their office to help them succeed in the classroom. One resource in particular that is available for every registered student is academic coaching. If a student experiences anxiety, a lack of motivation, difficulty maintaining attention or is just having difficulty performing in… more »

Fostering Greater Independence through Technology

Posted On January 31, 2017
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An assistive technology device is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of an individual with a disability (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, 2004).” The Assistive Technology Program at Disability Services has been growing… more »

Yoga, Yogurt and Yip Yap

Posted On November 22, 2016
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Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women after skin cancer (CDC, 2016). As per current statistics, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer causes more deaths in women than any other kind of cancer. Early… more »

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted On October 17, 2016
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month is observed in October every year to commend and applaud the numerous contributions of American workers with disabilities as well as to create greater awareness about issues related to disability employment. In 1945, Congress dedicated a week to encourage businesses to employ individuals with physical disabilities (Department of Labor, 2016).… more »