Psychological Disabilities

Students living with a visible or hidden disability have specific needs as a result of their conditions. Students who have documentation of a psychological disability are eligible to receive accommodations from the Disabled Students Program.

Students with psychological disabilities have a persistent psychological condition that can impair educational, social, or occupational functioning. Major depression, bipolar disorder, certain anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder are some of the illnesses included in the definition which classifies psychological disabilities. In cases of learning disorders, attention deficit disorder and/or psychological disabilities, students may not be aware that there are treatments and accommodations available for the symptoms that are interfering with their academic progress.

When you suspect a student may have a disability:

DO

  1. Speak to the student in private about your concerns.
  2. Refer the student to the Disabled Students Program.
  3. Acknowledge the difficulties the student is experiencing.
  4. Be sensitive that low self-esteem may be associated with the disability.
  5. Be aware that the Disabled Students Program may need to contact the faculty member and/or T. A. to follow up on accommodations.
  6. Be aware that all disabilities need medical documentation before the student is eligible for services from the Disabled Students Program.

DON’T

  1. Assume the student knows s/he may qualify for assistance from the Disabled Students Program.
  2. Assume the student wants to receive assistance from the Disabled Students Program.
  3. Pressure the student to acknowledge his/her disability.
  4. Speak to the student in a derogatory manner.