Questions tagged [disability]

On interacting with students with disabilities, accommodations for those with disabilities in an academic setting, and any other issues faced by academics with disabilities.

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Psychiatrist from whom I requested documentation doesn't believe in accommodations for adults with ADHD/“hyperkinetic disorder” taking meds

Update (October 24/25): You were approved for 50% extended time, breaks, water in the testing room, separate room, pens for scratch work, and extra scratch paper Update (October 12/13): Please ...
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Is it unethical to accept extra time on exams when I still do well?

I have ADHD (real, diagnosed ADHD, not just "I-say-I-have-ADHD-because-it's-trendy" ADHD). I have never taken the extended time exams that are offered for ADHD students, because I have never needed to,...
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Should medical conditions that affected performance be stated in personal/research statement? And how?

Condition I have been suffering from day time sleepiness (9-10 hrs of sleep and still struggle to stay awake), fatigue, memory loss and lack of concentration. The doctor found that I suffocate in my ...
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What specific techniques can help someone facing mental health problems (depression, anxiety, ADHD) have a productive academic career?

Question originally found here In the past few months, I have been diagnosed for depression, anxiety, and ADHD. While learning this has been helpful, treatment made my already poor performance worse. ...
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Should universities give extra time or related accommodations for students with mental illnesses?

Based on this question: Is it unethical to accept extra time on exams when I still do well? To my knowledge, I don't think my university or home department has a policy on extended time exams or a "...
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How should an graduate student with Aspergers syndrome prepare for a teaching career?

I am an "abnormal" graduate student in the sense I had been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome by a professional psychiatrist when I was in college. In college days I mostly study mathematics on my own ...
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How much does it cost to make a MOOC universally accessible, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990?

Is there any research/study/survey that tried to quantify the cost of making a MOOC universally accessible, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (mirror)? I am aware that the ...
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Is it rude to ask for accommodations due to a learning disability?

I have a learning disability where I can only learn through seeing (not seeing and hearing). As a result, I need to have headphones in class to block all sound. Should I just tell the professor this?
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What protections exist in the European Union against discrimination in an educational institution?

For those who aren't familiar with it, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ("504" for short) is the U.S. law that protects the civil rights of students with disabilities at institutions that receive ...
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How to deal with a student who most likely has a mental condition, and keeps arguing with me in class?

I am a TA for an introductory computer programming course at a university in the US. There is one student in particular who, during lecture, will argue with me about every point I make, which eats up ...
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Strategies for teaching with facial aphasia (inability to recognize faces aka prosopagnosia, face-blindness)

I'm a math grad student in my first year, which means that I have not yet taught a class (in my program first years grade or provide one-on-one tutoring for students who struggle in calculus). I have ...
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Supervising a research student with attention problems - what can I do to help the student be more independent?

When supervising a research student with ADD or a similar problem, I can help the student be more productive by adjusting the way I give instructions: Propose one task at a time: Instead of saying "...
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Is it possible for people with a stutter to have a career in academia?

I understand that it is difficult for people with stuttering to verbally communicate and explain their ideas/research or to give lectures. Does that means there is no chance for them to work in ...
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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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Disclosing hidden disability to employer

I'm doing a project-based postdoc in an European university. I have serious ongoing eye conditions that significantly affect my reading speed and as a result it took me 5 years to complete my PhD in ...
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Special Needs student with disruptive behavior (racial slurs towards teacher)

There is a student at a university of a friend of mine who has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a milder form of Autism. My friend, who is a teacher there, has told me that the student mostly does OK ...
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Is it worth seeking disability accommodations if I get good grades anyway? [duplicate]

I have bipolar disorder and take medications that make me foggy and confused. Because of this I am thinking of asking for extra time on tests. But I generally score in the upper half of my classes, ...
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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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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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Disabilities in the Classroom

Are there any special provisions provided for students who have schizophrenia (for example)? Is there an "adjustment" to grading? Or perhaps there is no adjustment to the grading process per se, but ...
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Which problems would a blind person have when applying for a professorship?

One day, I spoke with one of my professors about if it were possible for a blind person to obtain a professorship in my university. This was motivated by thinking on the Russian and blind ...
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Need a thesis extension due to mental illness, but supervisor seems unwilling. How to proceed?

"Prependum" clarification: Strictly speaking, the supervisor has no actual authority in this decision (I think)-- it is between myself and the course convenor. However, I feel that `overruling' my ...
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I could see what part of the exam paper another student seemed to be focusing on, now I'm worried I was cheating [closed]

I suffer from OCD and intrusive thoughts. I was once in a test and we were given this extract on a page. I had been analysing the top part of the extract, only. Then, I may have seen the other ...
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Best certification for requesting disability accommodations for GRE?

I am planning to take the GRE Subject Test in Math. I have ADHD and would like to request accommodations. I live in a first world country now but used to be based in a third world country. In this ...
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Late withdrawal from all the courses after the census date as I had an accident and will be undergoing surgery [closed]

I will be undergoing surgery due to an accident that happened to me 2 months before the start of the term and I have been. The term has nearly ended and I wont be able to sit for final exams as I will ...