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Advising Students with ( Dis )abilities. Sue Maxam University Director for Student Success Faculty Institute May 18, 2010. Statistics. 9% of students entering college have a disability ( Kaff , 2009) College freshmen with learning disabilities has increased tenfold since 1976 ( Kaff , 2009)

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Advising students with dis abilities

Advising Students with (Dis)abilities

Sue Maxam

University Director for Student Success

Faculty Institute

May 18, 2010


Statistics
Statistics

  • 9% of students entering college have a disability (Kaff, 2009)

  • College freshmen with learning disabilities has increased tenfold since 1976 (Kaff, 2009)

  • 91% of students with “invisible disabilities” do not inform their advisors of their disability until they are in significant academic trouble (Harding, 2008)


Statistics cont
Statistics, Cont.

  • Only 7.6% of students with disabilities enrolled in a four-year program complete their studies (Newman, Dannenfelser & Clemmons, 2009)

  • 90% of colleges nationwide report seeing increased number of students with disabilities and increasing severity of disorders (Newman, Dannenfelser & Clemmons, 2009)


Most common disabilities in colleges
Most Common Disabilities in Colleges

Visible

Invisible

  • Learning disabilities

    • 3.3 % of all freshmen in 2008 (Pryor, 2008)

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

    • 5% of students have been diagnosed with ADHD (ADHD Library, n.d.)

  • Psychiatric disorders

    • Nearly 15% of college students have been diagnosed with depression (Psychiatrist.us.com)

  • Asperger Syndrome/Autism

    • 1 out of 165 people are diagnosed with Autism nationally (CDC, n.d.)



What can advisors do
What Can Advisors Do? unique needs of each student.

  • If student self-discloses, ask about her needs, abilities, and interests

  • Partner with school-based advisors, Disability Services, and Dean for Students to secure needs for students

  • Submit academic alerts for freshman advisees

  • Use person first language and learn how to write and communicate appropriately about persons with disabilities


What can advisors do cont
What Can Advisors Do, Cont.? unique needs of each student.

  • Check in with students more often than usual

  • Build your own personal awareness of various disabilities

  • Where appropriate, tailor your advising sessions to the student’s needs

  • Become familiar with ADA procedures and laws


What can advisors do cont1
What Can Advisors Do, Cont.? unique needs of each student.

  • Empower students and promote self advocacy skills

  • Consider your own attitude and experience with students who have disabilities

  • During meetings (if appropriate), ask students open-ended questions re: their experience at Pace


Advising students with dis abilities

“I choose not to place "DIS" in my ability.” unique needs of each student.-- Robert M. Hensel


References
References unique needs of each student.

  • ADHD Information Library (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2010 from http://newideas/net/adhd/about_attention_deficit/prevalence_of_adhd

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2010, from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html

  • Dillon, M.R. (2007). Creating supports for college students with Asperger syndrome through collaboration. College Student Journal, 41, 499-504. Retrieved May 1, 2010, from ERIC (EJ777953).

  • Harding, B. (2008). Students with specific advising needs. In V. N. Gordon W. R. Habley, & T. J. Rites and Associates (Eds.), Academic advising: A comprehensive handbook (2nd ed.). San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Harpur, J., Lawlor, M., & Fitzgerald, M. (2004). Succeeding in college with Asperger syndrome: A student guide. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

  • Holloway, S. (2001). The experience of higher education from the perspective of disabled students. Disability & Society, 16(4), 597-615. doi:10.1080/09687590120059568


References cont
References, Cont. unique needs of each student.

  • Hughes, J. (2009, October 28). Supporting college students with Asperger syndrome: Possible strategies for academic advisors to use. The Mentor. Retrieved May 10, from http://www.psu.edu/dus/mentor/091028jh.htm

  • Kaff, M. (2009, March 29). Making the grade: What advisors and administrators need to know to better assist student with disabilities. Retrieved May 10, 2010 from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Webinars/documents/W24HandoutforParticipants_000.pdf

  • Newman, B. Dannenfelser, P; & Clemmons, V. (Spring/Summer 2007). Journal of Social Work . The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders in graduate social work education: Then and now. Social Work Education 43(2), 297-308.

  • Psychiatrist.com (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2010 from Psychiatrist.com