The Disability Resource Center is always working to engage students of all backgrounds with their environment here at Purdue. This has taken many different forms over the years, and is continuing to do so even now. Below are a few recent stories relating to disability, the DRC, and more.
The Gregory S. Fehribach Center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis hosts an internship program for Indiana college students with physical disabilities (mobility, orthopedic, visual, & hearing) in which students are placed in a full-time, paid internship in a position that correlates with their academic major. To this point, 101 students from 30 colleges have completed a total of 184 internships, with 48 students from 25 colleges interning in the summer of 2020. While Eskenazi Health has hosted the great majority of interns, other employers such as Eli Lilly, BraunAbility, Chase Bank, Conexus Indiana, the State of Indiana, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and Christel House International have hosted interns facilitated through the program. In addition to the internship, housing and transportation assistance is provided as needed, and professional development opportunities are offered for Fehribach Center interns. Internships are available for students who just finished their freshman year of college up to graduates within the last calendar year, and internships can be provided for all academic majors.
Don’t make these faux paws when approaching a service dog, and other reminders for National Service Dog month
Hunter Deiglmeier’s guide dog attracts attention. Linnea, a 9-year-old black lab, has a calm and cuddly demeanor, not to mention melt-your-heart chocolate brown eyes that strangers fawn over. Sometimes passers-by take notice of Linnea’s harness and stop to ask Deiglmeier questions about her dog, which she welcomes.
The DRC has begun accepting submissions for its PhotoVoice Project, a social media photography campaign to promote disability awareness. Purdue community members are encouraged to take pictures of campus environments to highlight accessible and inaccessible spaces and share them using the hashtag #BoilerVoice.
It comes as no surprise to Professor Kelly Blanchard that the number of students with disabilities has been climbing, both at Purdue and at institutions across the country. After all, in her own courses, the number of accommodated exam requests has nearly tripled in the last few years.
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