Texas Tech's disability awareness week focuses on inclusion

Texas Tech's disability awareness week focuses on inclusion

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Students with disabilities are on college campuses more than ever before, as the U.S. Department of Education reported the enrollment rate is up ten percent, since 2010. 

Texas Tech is set to kick off its disability awareness week Monday with a strong message: To make sure no one is forgotten. 

"Whether that means ramps to get into classrooms, elevators to get into classrooms -- that's what most people think about, but we also provide reasonable in-classroom accommodations like extra classroom times and supplemental notes," Kaitlin Hughes, a counselor with student disability services, said.

Hughes said the Tech campus is equipped for more than just physical impairments. 

"We have what we call invisible disabilities so ADHD, the autism spectrum, depression, anxiety,  and PTSD are all disabilities we service in our office. You can just be walking around and not even realize someone is struggling with those disabilities, so it's definitely changing the way we look and communicate about disabilities," Hughes said.

Hughes said it is not just the campus that accommodates students with disabilities -- it is their classmates as well.

She added the school has created an incentive program for students to lend a helping hand. 

"A lot of students can volunteer to be note takers. We offer some perks of being a note taker, so if they want to add it to their resume or get community service hours, they can." Hughes said.

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