Career Services Can Help Students Who Need Disability Accommodations at Work

This post features the story of a Penn State World Campus student who wished to remain anonymous for privacy reasons. They obtained support and assistance from both the World Campus career services and disability services teams — and said this was critical to their success as a student and employee. They shared their story in…

Disability Services: How to Request Academic Accommodations

Penn State World Campus offers a variety of resources and accommodations to students with disabilities. Although a member of the staff or faculty or an agency liaison can refer you to Student Disability Resources, you can also contact this office directly to discuss resources available or request assistance. One of the most common reasons for…

Student Disability Resources for Temporary or Short-Term Conditions

When people think of the types of situations that Student Disability Resources would handle, they often think of major, permanent conditions or injuries. While those certainly do qualify for assistance, there is also a broad range of other conditions that would fall under the umbrella of Student Disability Resources. Some students who are experiencing a…

The Disability Resources Team Protects Your Privacy

Students may sometimes be reluctant to seek assistance or special accommodations related to health/medical issues because they are concerned about privacy issues. We want to reassure students that the Disability Resources team — like all staff members at Penn State World Campus — takes great care to protect your sensitive, personal information. When you first…

Help for Online Students during Pregnancy Complications

It’s been some time since we last checked in with Terry Watson, disability contact liaison for Penn State World Campus students. Recently, a new provision has been added to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that may impact World Campus students who are pregnant. Half of our student population is female, and those women who…

How to Navigate Courses if You Have a Disability: JooYoung Seo’s Student Perspective

I’m Sonya Woods, an accessibility consultant for Penn State’s World Campus Learning Design. Part of my job is working with instructional designers and instructional production specialists to help them design course content that works well for students with disabilities, including blindness. Since I work with design staff and our students are at a distance, I…

4 Ways We’re Making Online Courses Accessible to Students with Disabilities

By Sonya Woods, Accessibility Consultant with Penn State World Campus At Penn State World Campus, we want all our students to have a great learning experience. Part of our focus with course design is keeping in mind students with disabilities, whether they are vision-impaired, hearing-impaired, or have cognitive disabilities such as ADHD. And designing to…

What You Need to Know About Disability Services

Hello Penn Staters! Did you know that World Campus has support services for students with disabilities? There are often many questions and concerns about the services offered, so I thought I would spend some time addressing three of the most common ones. Question 1: Is information about my disability available on my student record? Who…

Disability Awareness Month

Welcome to the 2012 Disability Awareness Month “Diversability.” October is Disability Awareness Month at Penn State. The theme of the month is “Diversability,” which emphasizes the varying abilities and talents of people with disabilities. The intent of the Diversability events is to promote an atmosphere where individuals are comfortable discussing and exploring questions about accessibility,…