February 2024 Edition of Inside Equal Access

Alison Haynes and Dr. Amanda Feaster


Alison Haynes, co-editor

Hello, Flashes family! I'm so excited to announce that my co-editor, Amanda Feaster, has completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree, with a major in Higher Education Administration. Congratulations, Dr. Feaster! 

Dr. Feaster's dissertation, "Faculty Perspectives on Students with Psychological Disabilities", worked to better understand the subjective viewpoints of faculty members toward students with psychological disabilities.

The research results were varied and fascinating, and begin to expose how faculty's mental and emotional framework influences their approaches to students with such unique needs due to the hidden nature of the barriers they experience. To congratulate Dr. Feaster or discuss her findings, you can reach her at afeaster@kent.edu



Everyone deals with stress in their own way, and people with disabilities encounter unique challenges. Due to the varied way stress affects people, the concept of “spoon theory” is often used to shed light on these differences. Spoon theory suggests that people with disabilities have a limited amount of energy (represented by spoons). Since people with disabilities tend to have higher levels of stress caused by the disability itself or the extra challenges faced every day, the way their “spoons” are distributed is different than someone without a disability.

Alison Haynes, Inside Equal Access EditorSeason 45 of the long-standing home improvement show, "This Old House", set in Lexington, MA, focuses on renovating and expanding a mid-century modern home in a fully Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant way.The homeowners’ son, Caffrey, has a rare

Welcome to another edition of Tools of the Trade: Assistive Technology! Assistive technology enables and promotes inclusion and participation, especially of people with disabilities, aging populations, and people with non-communicable diseases.“The primary purpose of assistive products is to maintai