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Why It's Hard to Ask for Disability Accommodations as a University Student

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At my university, most professors (although not all) have an accessibility statement in their syllabus. It usually outlines the process for getting accommodations in their class — getting them approved by the disability office and then discussing them with the professor early in the semester.

I appreciate this statement because it tells students with disabilities the exact steps they need to take. However, this statement does not go far enough.

I, like many other students with disabilities I have spoken with, am worried about using my accommodations. I’m worried about discussing them with my professors because of fear of stigmatization.

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