A new resource guide for students with disabilities aims to offer insider perspectives on how to cope with the educational and professional environment. APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, APA's Office on Disability Issues and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) created the guide to bring disability issues to the forefront and to help students and others advocate for fair accommodations in academic, leadership and training settings. The guide addresses ways to manage stress and how to contest misconceptions about those with disabilities.
Students can also find information on how to interpret the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects the rights of people who currently have a disability or have a history of disability. The act was designed to prohibit discrimination in employment, state and local government programs, as well as in other public entities. In addition, the guide gives students suggestions for preparing for program orientation and meeting program requirements.
The guidebook seeks to "offer practical advice on successfully navigating in the classroom and on campus," according to Anju Khubchandani, APA's disability issues officer.
Order a resource guidebook by contacting Khubchandani or APAGS. You can also read the guide on the Office on Disability Issues Web site at the APA Disabilities Web page. and on the APAGS Web site at APA APAGS.