While the lack of a permanent community center has come to the forefront of the student-led push for increased attention to the disability community, the everyday challenges students with disabilities face are less visible.
As an international student from the United Kingdom, I am no stranger to familiarising myself with the subtleties of language that differentiate my native tongue from that of the United States. In addition to the “chips” or “fries” conundrum and “pavement” versus “sidewalk” debate, I have recently become aware of another linguistic nuance that appears to carry much greater significance: person-first language. A phenomenon that has not yet reached the UK with such widespread impact as it has in the US, person-first language is a type of linguistic prescription linked largely to the disability community which seeks, as far as possible, to place the person before their diagnosis or impairment. For example, in this framework it would be preferable to use “persons with disabilities” over “disabled people”.
Members and allies of the disability community gathered on Friday to rally for a permanent disability community center on campus.
An area coffee shop known for its employment of adults with disabilities is reaching out for donations from the Palo Alto community amid rising labor and rent costs.
Due to the number of sources who wished to remain anonymous, names of some students in this article have been changed. These students are identified by first-name pseudonyms. Dean of Students Chris Griffith told Karen her behavior was negatively impacting the Stanford community. Jacob and Erik were told they required an unreasonable level of care…
Three more individuals have joined the class-action lawsuit against Stanford — originally filed in May — which claims that the University, in placing students on leaves of absences in the face of severe mental health challenges without seeking sufficient accommodations, has discriminated against students with mental health disabilities.
A letter from the community asking for the university to preserve the Introduction to Disabilities Studies course.
On Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) examined an initiative to regulate the profit margins of the Stanford Hospital. The Council also discussed the disabilities community on campus and graduate student housing issues related to the General Use Permit.