Accomodating people with hidden disabilities
Not only does this age range start surprisingly young, but it is also the typical working age range too - which means it is vital that employers cater for any needs necessary.
According to the National Health Survey, the divorce rate amongst chronically ill people is a massive 75%.
Of course some people will declare their illness at job interviews, but many choose to keep their illness under wraps. This can be due to the potentially sensitive / intimate nature of it, or the fear of discrimination leading to failure of landing the job (which is illegal and should never happen under the Equality Act - something we discuss later).
(It's called universal instructional design.) That way, there will be no more requiring disabled students to move to the front of the classroom when a lecture starts, or asking in front of everyone whether they need email versions of today's lecture (to use two more examples from Tuesday).
Just always use a microphone and make sure (as Koerner does) that all the text is on Blackboard already. Justice Department last year, Louisiana Tech University agreed to stop using and purchasing learning materials that limit access for students with visual disabilities.
"If we just provide the information, they will come," Koerner said -- and in turn, lighten the load for the practitioners.
"The disability services offices on our campuses are so overwhelmed with accommodation requests, and they are small offices.
She also suggested creating "safe zones" where students can go to relax and talk to a counselor if they feel overwhelmed.