Campus groups offer support for disabled students

Disability Support Services (DSS) at Seton Hall provides students with the ability to acclimate themselves to campus, offering thorough care in the form of follow-ups with students. DSS works closely with academic departments and student affairs to ensure students’ unique needs are met.

Kyle Dailey, a senior social and behavioral sciences major shared his experience with DSS.

Disability Support Services (DSS) encourages with disabilities to explore clubs on campus.
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“I have a specific learning disability classified as dyslexia as recorded with DSS,” Dailey said. “DSS has done a great job helping me with my learning process on campus. Whenever I seem to have a problem with my academics, they are easily available to meet with to help figure out a way to fix my problem and better my time in the course.”

According to DSS, there was once an alliance created on campus for students with or without disabilities. This group gives disabled students an interactive opportunity to feel connected with their peers. Recently, those members have become inactive and no record of clubs with this mission formed since.

“Hearing that the club for students with disabilities has become inactive is a bit disheartening as it could be a very helpful tool to new students with disabilities getting acclimated to life at SHU,” Dailey said. “Personally I don’t think this club would be helpful to me because I am a senior. However, I think this would greatly help any new student coming to campus for adjustment and new friendship purposes.

Daily added that he would be interested in helping to rebuild an alliance club. He explained that he would like to play a part in constructing a support system for future students.

Angela Millman, the director of DSS, said she seeks new ways to accommodate her students.

“Seton Hall provides excellent opportunities for student engagement,” Millman said. “The Involvement Fair is a great example. The Green was filled with countless opportunities for students to become involved and connect with other students. There are a number of clubs on campus that are focused on disability-related issues.”

She cited the “Active Minds” group as well as the Stand Up and Be Loud group as examples. According to the Active Minds’ blog on the University website, the club is dedicated to spreading awareness about mental health and connecting students to on-campus resources.

Meghan Sorrento, a senior social and behavioral science and occupational therapy major, said that while she is interested in joining an alliance club, nothing should affect the way students with disabilities are treated.

“No matter the disability everyone should be treated equally whether the disability is severe or not,” Sorrento said.

Christina McDonald-Vitale can be reached at christina.mcdonaldvitale@student.shu.edu.

Author: Christina McDonald-Vitale

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