October 2022 Edition of Inside Equal Access

Alison Haynes and Amanda FeasterA NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

This month, we focus on INVISIBLE disabilities and NEURODIVERGENCE (ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, and other diagnoses). We'll introduce you to people who are sharing their stories, like Chloe Hayden (the autistic actress who authentically portrays neurodivergent people) and our own Dr. Amy Grincewicz (a Kent State Instructional Design Director). DIY fidget Toys and Color for Calmness are two of the Disability Awareness month events. Learn more at the SAS website.

And don't miss out on Student Accessibility Services' full calendar of events to celebrate Disability Awareness Month and Invisible Disabilities Week! Here's the full list of events.

To learn more: For a look at what it's like to be a young adult with CHRONIC ILLNESS or disability, check out Teen Vogue's article about Youth and Sickness and What Young Chronically Ill or Disabled People Want You to Know.

If you're wondering what it's like to get an ADULT diagnosis of AUTISM or how you can be more supportive of people with autism, read Carrie Watts' discovery that she ISN'T BROKEN, she's autistic.



Chloe Hayden, autistic actress and disability activist, was able to spread her message to show the world that neurodivergent people are “different, not less” through her authentic role in the new Australian highschool dramedy “Heartbreak High”.

Learn more about Dr. Grincewicz, the supervisor of the Instructional Support Team at KSU, and her efforts to reduce learning barriers by ensuring accessible learning materials that meet students’ needs. 

The promise of the metaverse is to radically transform the digital and global reality. So many questions remain about how this reality will include and present disability.

Some disability activists want you to #SayTheWord DISABLED. Beth explains how avoiding the term disability reinforces the cultural stigma related to disability.

Accessibility by the Numbers

Invisible Disabilities Infographic showing statistics about invisible disabilities in the United States. The text for this infographic can be found below.

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Neurodiversity Resources
Do I Have Autism?Finding People Like MeWhat research is happening on campus?

Who's at KSU for support?What's NEXT for me at KSU?How can I find a job?