Mentor Tip: Disabilities
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Subject: Mentoring tips on disabilities
Do not ask participants about their disabilities unless they choose to disclose their specific disabilities to you. If they choose to share this information with you, encourage them to describe their disabilities in functional terms and share strategies and accommodations that help them succeed. Such practice is important since the ability for them to describe their disabilities and request accommodations is critical for their success in college and careers.
If you would like to know more about different types of disabilities and typical accommodations students with disabilities receive in educational settings, link to The Faculty Room from www.washington.edu/doit. This extensive resource is specifically designed for postsecondary faculty and, therefore, is most relevant to the college environment. For examples of accommodations for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, link to AccessSTEM from www.washington.edu/doit.
For further exploration of disabilities, consult the publication Disability-Related Resources on the Internet at www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/DRR.
A glossary of disability-related terms can be found at www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Programs/glossary.html.