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October Is Disability Awareness Month

Posted 09/28/2018
Submitted by Tracy Carlson
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Disability Awareness Month

Did you know that 11% of undergraduates across the country report having a disability? Additionally, 7.6% of graduate and first-professional students also report having a disability.1

A disability can be defined as a physical or mental condition which causes functional limitations that substantially limit one or more major life activities, including mobility, communication (seeing, hearing, speaking), and learning.2  

Disabilities can include learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injuries, hearing impairments/deafness, vision impairments/blindness, chronic medical conditions, mobility impairments, and psychiatric conditions.

A recent study indicates that 31% of college students with disabilities report having a learning disability, 18% report ADHD, 15% report a psychiatric condition, and 11% report a health condition.2

While some disabilities may be visible to others, many students have “invisible” disabilities that are not seen by others. Students with disabilities are a very important part of our diverse university community. 

“We are for difference: for respecting difference, for allowing difference, for encouraging difference, until difference no longer makes a difference.” Jonetta B. Cole.


For more information about disability services at the University of Hartford, please visit