So…listen…

Would anyone want to help me with a gigantic project?

Admittedly I probably should have done this over the summer but I’ve noticed that there are very few, if any, organizations out there for college students with disabilities.

Oh, sure, there are organizations that you can join that advocate for all college students, including students with disabilities. I should know. I’m in like 50 of them. And then there are the…how do I say this? Okay, I’ll say it bluntly. Has anyone else noticed that almost all of the organizations that are solely focused on college students with disabilities are for abled people?

Take a look at this list of membership requirements for one of the largest (and only) organizations out there:

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Are you…..

  • an administrator with oversight for programming for students with disabilities on your campus?
  • a disability services staff member?
  • an ADA Coordinator?
  • a professor teaching a course on a disability-related topic?
  • a graduate student preparing to work in the field of higher education?
  • a secondary teacher, guidance counselor, or transition specialist?
  • a parent of a student with a disability?
  • an organization whose product/mission is related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in higher education?
  • or simply someone who is interested in promoting the full participation of students with disabilities in higher education?

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There is nothing for students with disabilities!

Now I’ve been in college for five years. I’m actually looking at going into graduate school for higher education so this website works out but at the same time, I need something that I can join as a student. We all do.

I know that I could have really benefited from this in the past five years and I really wish that it had existed. And so I figure - why not create it ourselves?

The only requirements - You need to be a college student with a disability.

No admins.

No allies.

Just students.

The main purpose of the organization would be to advocate for accessibility in higher education and to serve as a support group for students. 

I’m picturing the website in my head. We would need a name and a logo (I am 100% open to any suggestions). The website’s main feature would be a forum wherein students with disabilities can talk to one another and get advice, support, etc. There can also be a page for resources (aka: other groups/organizations). And then there can be a shop featuring shirts/buttons that have the logo on them. There can be a membership sign-up (possibly to access the website, if I can do that?) but membership will be free because we’re all broke college students. Oh and the backgrounds will be van Gogh paintings because why not?

This won’t be easy. It’s going to take a lot of work. Ironically, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be graduating by the time the website is up and running but it is what it is.

Thoughts?

And suggestions for the name/logo?

I personally thought about calling it Access Denied and having the logo be one of those red official-looking ‘Access Denied’ signs that you see in restricted areas for two reasons:

1.) It’s a play on the fact that colleges are extremely inaccessible.

2.) It’s play on the fact that we’ve been kept out of so many organizations.

But again, I’m open to suggestions.

Maybe we can link the name/logo to van Gogh since the backgrounds will be his paintings? No particular reason. I just really like van Gogh. And he was someone with multiple disabilities. Man I love van Gogh so much. 

Which brings me back to:

Thoughts?

The fault for the purported “free speech” violation involved in speaker cancellations lies completely with college administrations, and yet it is student activists who bear the brunt of media criticism. Activists who protest speakers are just exercising their own right to free speech. No one is “censored” until administrations make the decision to disinvite the speaker. The reason that criticism of speaker cancellations focus on student activism, then, has nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with the fact that critics simply don’t like students protesting the speakers in question. No cogent pro-free speech ideology would call for less activism.

anonymous asked:

So, I'm a university student, and one of my accommodations is having a digital form of Powerpoints and notes so I can follow along and actually pay attention. One of my professors is being really uncooperative about this, saying that she already has a form up on the site (she does, but it's very unaccessible for me) and is refusing to put up her powerpoint. What do I do? (tag lxn please)

Talk to the disability access office and tell them what’s going on. Talk to your student advisor. Talk to the dean of the department. Drop the course and write a letter explaining precisely why you have done so. (Don’t do all of these things at once. Start with the first thing and then if nothing changes do the second thing, and so on.)

This is not okay and schools need to stop giving professors a choice about complying with disability accommodations. Professors should be required to do so as part of their jobs. Full stop.

-J

College Truths

1. No one has time to re-write notes so that they would be pretty! Take photos of what you’ve got!

2. Say no to binders. There’s no space for them. They’re too heavy to carry.

3. Make a bullet journal if you like to procrastinate! Ain’t no body got time for pretty titles, colors, page ideas, etc.
If it’s not a simple concept, it will not work.

4. Studying at coffee shops is hella distracting… I want to watch people and listen to the playlists!

5. You really can’t practice most advised studying techniques! Especially pomidoro… By the time you get into work, you need to take a break again. What?

At school and unpacked. The air wasn’t fixed, but I have a unit in my room until it’s fixed altogether.

Mom just left aannnddd I can’t stop crying. College is so hard for me, and she’s my best friend/the person who understands the extent of my illnesses the most, so staying here (and feeling lonely and homesick a good bit of the time) is hard.

I know I’ll get through it, but it still sucks. I’ve gotten through it for the past three years. One more to go.

Hey everyone! My name is Tally, I’m 18 y/o and I’m from England. I’m new to the studyblr community, despite having been on tumblr for 6 years, and I’m joining in the hopes that it will encourage me to stay focused, be more organised, study harder and meet some new people, which are things I’ve really struggled with for the last few years due to anxiety. However, I’m in a good place now, feeling super optimistic and ready for September. :)

This year I’ll be studying 

- a level French 

- a level Spanish 

- GCSE English 

- GCSE Psychology 

Some little facts

- I love astrology and anything to do with space (i’m a leo!)

- My favourite animes are Attack on Titan, Ouran Highschool Host Club and Terror In Resonance (and 20 others)

- My favourite Disney films are Big Hero 6, Tarzan and Treasure Planet

- I’ve watched every series of RuPaul’s Drag Race at least 5 times and have a small obsession with Adore Delano and Milk

- I love animals and currently have my boyfriend’s 2 puppies in my lap and his cat rubbing against my knee

- I collect notepads and pens because I can’t go 10 minutes without either writing, doodling or colouring

- The first thing on my bucket list is to watch every Harry Potter film in one day

Some of my favourite studyblrs that inspired me to make this account @ohmystudying @studywell @somestudy @quillpowr @focusign @studypru @elkstudies @studyign @isabellstudies @getstudyblr @hermionegoals @mindpalacestudy @theorganisedstudent @intellectus @obsidianstudy @jessastudy @studydiaryofamedstudent @studyhardlikegranger @thepurplestudies @liloulilac @bookmrk @ohplato @neureo @studink @thecoffeedesk @studeity @studysthetics

If you took the time to read this, thank you!! Reblog/like this so I can look at your blog (I’ll only be able to follow you from my main @avocaloe) and good luck with your studies!! x

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So I know I haven’t been active lately and the reason is because I’ve been fighting with my school’s financial aid office for months regarding my aid. Phone call after phone call, email after email, and multiple visits to the aid and billing office has left me emotionally and mentally drained, and desperate for help. 

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