The Dartmouth Staff
February 16, 2012
Six students personally affected by disabilities told their stories
and encouraged greater campus-wide conversation about the stigmas
associated with health-related issues in a panel discussion titled
"Managing Disabilities and Health Issues at Dartmouth," held in Collis
Common Ground on Wednesday.
Panelists stressed the importance of seeking assistance from the
College's various health resources. They also encouraged their fellow
students to understand the challenges others may face because of their
respective disabilities and health-related issues, some of which may not
be immediately visible.
Student Accessibility Services provided assistance to 337 students -
approximately 8 percent of the Dartmouth student population - during the
2010-2011 fiscal year, according to assistant director of Student
Accessibility Services Larissa Hopkins, who opened the panel discussion.
Tanisha Panditharatne '13 discussed surviving a car crash during her
sophomore summer that almost left her permanently paralyzed. The car in
which she was a passenger was racing with another car and crashed into a
wall at approximately 100 miles per hour.
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Feb 27 2012, 09:35 AM