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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Posted On January 16, 2018
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According to Columbia News, Views and Reviews, approximately 15 percent of the world’s population is currently living with a disability (Columbia News, Views and Reviews, 2017). Even though persons with disabilities (P..WDs) experience physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers to participate in activities of daily living, work and play all over the world, the level… more »

Disability Etiquette

Posted On November 30, 2017
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10 Things to Know

It is estimated that 12.6% of people in the United States have a disability (Kraus, 2017). For someone who may have never interacted with people with disabilities, it may feel overwhelming or even worrisome to think about how to communicate with them appropriately. It is easy to get caught up in… more »

Healthy Relationships: Yes and Knows

Posted On October 30, 2017
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Dating abuse is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors, usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time, used to exert power and control over a dating partner (Office on Violence Against Women, 2014). The issue is widespread specially among individuals between the ages of 19 and 24, however, many young adults… more »

Accommodated Testing

Posted On October 9, 2017
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Extended time on tests is one of the most highly used testing accommodations by students at Disability Services! According to Disability Services’ 2016-2017 annual report, out of 910 students eligible to receive testing accommodations, 327 students scheduled exams at the office. Students may choose to schedule one, several, or all of their tests with the… more »

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 »