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There are 7 comments on POV: How Can Universities Welcome People with Disabilities?

  1. I remember when I started as a staff member at BU, and I noticed that the Office of Disability Services was all the way at the very end of campus in Kenmore Square…on the SECOND floor.

    Talk about clueless and callous.

    1. When Disability Services was created, it was located at 19 Deerfield, which at that time also housed the Dean of Students, Residence Life, and Personnel (now HR). Co-locating this office with those departments, in a building that had a ramp and an elevator, was hardly clueless or callous. As the campus expanded and other facilities were renovated, most of those other offices moved elsewhere, and Disabilities Services was able to expand into vacated space at 19 Deerfield and grow over the years. Its first director, Al DeGraaf, was quadriplegic and a very aggressive, effective and fair-minded advocate for those who needed the services of his office. Perhaps at a superficial glance, having Disabilities Services at 19 Deerfield might seem “clueless and callous”; it was anything but that.

  2. I’m wondering how accessible this web page, and others on the BU site, is to users with visual and motor disabilities. I have tried to find BU resources that would help me learn how to make the website I maintain more accessible and have not found much. If this is an issue for some students, there should be standards in place to make BU websites more accessible–I have not seen any.

    1. Edi,

      Thanks so much for your comment. Feel free to email me (there is no I in my last name in my email address), and I can see what I can find out. You could also email the Office of Disability Services.

      Best, Megan Sullivan

  3. As a parent of a prospective student with ADD and a below average processing speed diagnosed in 5th grade, but who will graduate from a rigorous independent school with a B-/B average and a respectable ACT score, would you recommend that prospective students self-disclose their disabilities in their application?

  4. Interesting article. When I was in High School I was given a list of Colleges which didn’t have much prestige or recognition. Coming out of a top HS in MA, a poorly rated College was not an option when my friends going to Duke, Dartmouth etc. The was one major obstacle, I had a Learning Disability. Poor grades, a low SAT scores was doomed for a quality education. My dream of following my mother, cousins and Uncle’s foot steps to go to BU was shattered. My guidance counselor said I would never get in or survive. It was a low point in my life. That year,1990, I did some research and found Hofstra University had a special program (PALS) The program for academic learning skills. I had my mother tell my guidance counselor to send in my application and recommendation even though the chance to get in was slim to none. With our 400 applicants and only 35 students interviewed and accepted, I was amazingly picked. It was a struggle my first few years, but with a great program, professors passion, and family love I graduated in 4 years. I have always been in special classes, programs, tutors, stayed after school and had been teased. But at the end of the day, with determination, goals, people support and never giving up, I believe disabled can achieve the same goals as anyone else. I did and became successful in my real estate career.

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