Tag Archives: Disabilities

Health Resources on Campus: An Informative Guest Post from Catherine MacLean ’14

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BZOD NOTE: A while back, Catherine MacLean ’14 contacted me about including a post about health resources on campus. This was originally posted on the Peer Advisor blog (thanks Peer Advisors!), but we’re posting it again here on Wesleying. As the flu season rolls around and everyone remembers how easy it is to contract every single ailment that everyone in your dorm/apartment/house gets, it’s good to know what your resources are. Catherine also includes helpful sections on mental health and disability services.

Physical Health

On-campus your go-to resource is the Davison Health Center. Staffed with nurses and doctors, you can schedule an appointment (STRONGLY preferred) or walk-in if you have an emergent need during business hours, and they are available by phone after hours. They can do basic tests and offer vaccines, prescriptions, and other services. They also have free cold/flu care packs that you can pick up! All visits and services will be billed directly to private and university-sponsored insurance.  Services that cannot be charged to insurance will go directly to your student account. You should be offered the choice to have laboratory services billed to your student account rather than to insurance (called “client billing” at the Health Center). These student account charges will be labeled to protect confidentiality (i.e. STI tests will be billed to student account as “miscellaneous fee” from the Health Center). 

Best Buddies Information Session

From Jen Brewer ’13:

Want to have an amazing, fantastic, and stupendous time all in one? Join Best Buddies. An information session will be held tonight in Usdan 108 at 7!

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Date: Tonight, September 17th
Time: 7 pm
Place: Usdan 108

Disabling Language: An Open Discussion on Disability at Wes

Catherine Maclean ’14 writes in about a student group discussion happening this Thursday night. There will be free food:

Join members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights for dinner and a lively conversation about the politics, history, and controversies surrounding language used to talk about disabilities and people with disabilities. Information about disability services will also be available. Afterwards, students with disabilities will be available to discuss their experiences on campus. All are welcome! Dinner will be provided.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Place: Clark Lounge

Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights: Open Meeting for Students

From Catherine MacLean ’14:

Join members of WSDR for a discussion of accessibility and disability issues on campus, our current work and upcoming projects, and how you can help create a more accessible and inclusive campus community. Feel free to bring your dinner, and snacks will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
Place: Usdan 110
Cost: Free

Abuse of Disabled Children in Middletown Schools

You may have heard of the scream rooms issue if you pay attention to local news. The Middletown Press reported that they’re actually common in Connecticut schools (and beyond) [read more].

If you’re appalled by this and want to demand change, here’s an opportunity from Ariel Schwartz ’12:

In Middletown, some students disabled students have been placed in solitary “scream rooms” as a consequence for “misbehavior.” These rooms are unsupervised and utterly unsafe. So unsafe, that a child has died while in one of these rooms. This is a violation of human rights.

Parents of children in Middletown have started a petition calling for the removal of the Special Education Department, as they “have lost confidence in their ability to provide a nurturing environment that
ensures our special needs children are being educated in a safe, legal, and least restrictive environment.”

Please sign the petition in support!

Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights Meetings!

Submitted by Allegra Stout ’12:

Come to our weekly meetings! We are a group dedicated to increasing understanding of disability as a social justice issue and improving life for students with disabilities at Wes. We focus on all types of disabilities (learning, psychiatric, mobility, chronic illness, sensory, and more). All are welcome, whether you have a disability or not!

Check out our website or email astout[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information or to get on our listserv!

  • Date: Friday, September 23
  • Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
  • Place: Usdan 136
  • Cost: Free!
  • Website: Here

Jonathan Sigworth: Spinal Cord Injury Awareness

Jonathan Sigworth, a former Wesleyan student and now a junior at Dartmouth College, fell from a 70 ft. cliff in northern India in 2006 and became a quadriplegic.  Three years later, to encourage his Indian peers, Jonathan made this short film telling his story and the stories of four of his quadriplegic friends.  More than Walking is a film about tragedies and opportunities, wheelchair rugby and new beginnings; it shows that out of the nightmare of an accident can come a gift of life.

Come hear Jonathan speak about his family’s current efforts towards spinal cord injury awareness in India and view his 20 minute documentary “More Than Walking” (Best Undergraduate Documentary,  Ivy Film Festival, 2010)

Refreshments will be served.

Date:   Tuesday, March 22nd
Time:   4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Place:  Albritton 103

Sponsored by Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights

Disability Awareness Panel

You will have the chance to hear from undergraduate students from Wesleyan and recent graduates and world-class Paralympians from other institutions about their experience working with faculty. All are welcome.

This event is sponsored by The Hartford Insurance Company, and Wesleyan University’s Human Resources, Disabilities Services and Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights. (4:15-5:15 p.m.)

  • Date: TODAY, Oct. 20
  • Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
  • Place: Usdan 108

Disabilities & Snacks!

Naakai Addy ’11 wants you to come and be a part of a community:

Starting this Sunday, come along to the weekly gathering for students with disabilities. It’s a great opportunity to relax, talk, listen, connect, and of course eat delicious snacks!

  • Date: September 19 (and every Sunday afterwards)
  • Time: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Place: Usdan B25 (Multipurpose Room in the Basements)

Disabling Language: An Open Discussion on Disability at Wes

From Eric Stephen ’13:

Join members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights (WSDR) and Sign Language House for a lively conversation about the politics, history, and controversies surrounding language used to talk about disabilities and people with disabilities. Information about disability services will also be available. Afterwards, students with disabilities will be available to discuss their experiences on campus. All are welcome!

With WSDR’s famous social justice cookies!

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 16
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Place: Butt B Lounge