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A PhD student I know was terminated because of mental illness without any accommodation. What is the possibility of legal action? [closed]

This question is related to the experience of a close relative. He was a PhD student in the US. During his PhD, a little over a year ago, he was hospitalized with his first episode of mental illness. ...
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Doing a PhD while being unable to travel due to disability

I’m starting a PhD but I’m disabled and can’t travel. This means I won’t be able to present my work at conferences. Has anyone had experience this? Will it negatively impact on my research? My tutor ...
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PhD Application - if/where to explain reasons for poor GPA 10 years ago

This is a follow-up to my previous question. I'm currently in the process of applying for PhD programs. I finished college with a poor GPA 10 years ago; since then, I have become a successful ...
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Despite excellent grades, does having no rapport with any member of the faculty preclude my getting LoRs?

I am a decently good student (3.8 gpa, 4th year undergraduate). I have gotten A and A- in all major courses (except a B- right as I transferred), but I have a concern. I have Asperger Syndrome and ...
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Working with a Ph.D. supervisor that may have to take medical leave?

I'm interested in working with Professor X for my Ph.D. My first meeting with X went very well. I like him and I get the impression that we would work well together in the graduate school environment. ...
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Caregiver of disabled teenager returning to study, but can't find funding. (UK) Any thoughts?

I am a parent of disabled teenager. My career has been interrupted, as has my academic path. My son is in and out of hospital and school. But now I am doing a PhD at a top UK university and am winning ...
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Should I explain my poor performance during undergrad, due to mental illness, when applying for PhD?

I was mentally ill for the first three years of my undergraduate studies (altogether, I had the diagnoses of severe depression and anxiety disorder for about five years). The diseases delayed my ...
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Quit PhD due to illness/no support and make a step back and apply to Masters/PhD again

Years ago I was diagnosed with leukemia and fortunately I won at that time the battle. Beginning of last year I started a PhD and after 1 year, my old illness was again knocking the doors and I had to ...
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Include Disability in Statement of Purpose [duplicate]

Should my disability be included in my Statement of Purpose? Background: I've recently received my masters degree in mathematics and I'm looking to transfer for my PhD. I had an undiagnosed ...
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How to overcome these learning difficulties and progress in academia?

I am a mathematics graduate who recently dropped out of a PhD for personal reasons. I also have Asperger's Syndrome which I was diagnosed with in 1996. Since dropping out, I have been thinking long ...
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Speech disabilites for PhD admission for international applicants

One of my Iranian friends wants to apply for a PhD program in computer science to a US university. He can't speak fluently even in our native language at all, but in the other side he has a relatively ...
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Is it wise for a BPAD (bi-polar affective disorder) recovered student to enrol for PhD?

I have a masters degree in electronics engineering. When I was pursuing my B.Tech (Electronics and Communication) I had a nervous breakdown (to be specific BPAD) which was treated. After successful ...
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Graduate school and students with learning disabilities

I'm looking to apply to a Ph.D program in mathematics. I was going to apply last year, but ended up getting cold feet because I wasn't sure how having a learning disability would affect (1) being ...
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Dismissed by my committee

I attended a doctoral program and was completing it in 3 to 4 years. I got a life-threatening sickness that set me back several years. When nearing my dissertation I was dismissed. I was told that I ...