Disability Awareness

You're probably here, at the Accessibility Services website, because of a disability. Disability symptoms likely interfere with your education, which is why you need additional support or accommodations. For some students, simply admitting to having a disability and registering with our office is difficult enough. If this describes you, we applaud you for taking the first step!

However, after you've been with our office for a while, we'd like to challenge you to think about the concept of disability in greater detail. Over the years, we've found that students differ widely in how much they know about disabilities (even their own) and in how comfortable they feel discussing disability issues.

For greater awareness of the complexity and emotional intensity of disability issues, especially related to education, watch the video series From Where I Sit. In this film series CSUEB students, faculty, and staff share their experiences with and perspectives on disabilities. They also provide suggestions to make learning more accessible. 

After considering the experiences of others, why not take some time to explore your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge about your own disability? To do so, complete the Disability Self Assessment.

If you're having trouble understanding, explaining, or adjusting to your disability, meet with your accessibility counselor.       

Finally, take a look at the most common disabilities we serve based on categories listed in the CSU policy on disability. See where your disability fits in or if any description is new to you.

CSU Disability Categories

Visual limitation: Blindness or partial sight to the degree that it impedes the educational process and may necessitate accommodations, support services, or programs.

Communication disability: Limitations in the speech and/or hearing processes that impede the educational process and may necessitate accommodations, support services, or programs.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Limitation in the hearing process that impedes the educational process and necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs. Students in this category may require communication accommodations such as oral or sign language interpreters, note-taking services, or real-time captioning services.

Mobility limitation: Limitations in locomotion or motor functions that indicates a need for accommodations, support services, or programs. Included in this category are persons who have asthma, cardiovascular problems, or other physical limitations that restrict the ability to function without accommodation in the campus environment.

Learning disability: A generic term that refers to the heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction. Even though a learning disability may exist concomitantly with other disabling conditions (e.g. sensory impairment) or environmental influences (e.g. cultural/language differences or conditions defined in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the learning disability is not the direct result of those conditions or influences.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A neuro-cognitive disorder characterized by inattention, restlessness, impulsivity, and behavioral dysregulation, or a combination of these. Problems with focus and attention manifest as chronic problems with concentration, organizing work, planning, sustaining effort, and utilizing short-term memory. ADHD is not the result of a psychological or psychiatric disorder, such as schizophrenia, chronic depression, or a personality disorder.

Acquired Brain Injury: External or internal trauma to the brain, before or after birth from environmental injury, alcohol or drug abuse, stroke, infections, tumors, or oxygen deprivation, which results in functional limitation in cognition (i.e. memory, language, attention and concentration, executive functions), mood, and motor coordination.

Psychological or Psychiatric Disability: Chronic and persistent mental illnesses as categorized by the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, that impede the educational process and may necessitate accommodations, support services or programs.

Other Functional Limitations: Any other disability, such as a dysfunction of a body part or process or a neurological disability that necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs, and that does not fall within the categories listed above.

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