Students Living with a Disability
People with disabilities make up 10% of the world’s population, and this number is increasing (Disabled World, 2018). According to the Centers for Disease Control, Morbidity and Mortality Report, 2018, it is estimated that 1 in 4 adults live with a disability that impacts their daily functioning in the United States of America. The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Under the ADA, it is illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities because of their disability in a work or school setting. Because disability status is the largest minority group around the globe, it is prevalent across other identities such as race, class, gender and age. At Georgia State University we have many useful resources for students living with disabilities to make sure that their rights are protected while striving for success.
Disability Services is located on the second floor of Student Center East. Through Disability Services students can seek testing for a disability and receive academic accommodations. This testing is offered through the Regents Center for Learning Disabilities and requires a $250 deposit as well as a $250 payment at the end of testing. However, scholarships are available and may be considered on an individual basis. This office also continues to provide students with ongoing support throughout their academic time here at the university. The Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) coordinates with Disability Services to provide comprehensive care to students. After a student has completed testing with the Office of Disability Services, the CTC can connect them with an individual counselor as well as our psychiatric services if medication is necessary.
The Counseling and Testing Center offers individual counseling for students living with a disability to address academic, personal or vocational concerns. Our highly trained staff has a commitment to diversity and honoring the experiences of those living with disabilities within the university community. In addition to individual counseling, there is a counseling group that assists individuals living with chronic pain and chronic illness that meets during the school year when the need is high. The CTC client advocate can also assist students with disabilities by providing community resources.