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Reasonable Accomodations for College Students With Sickle Cell Disease

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source: The New England Pediatric Sickle Cell Consortium


Some of the rules at college make it hard to succeed if you have a disability. Reasonable accommodations are the changes that colleges make to these rules to help students with disabilities succeed. If you have a disability, the rules about how many courses you have to take each semester, how many classes you can miss, or when the heat is turned on in the dorms may make it hard for you to succeed. Colleges count sickle cell disease (SCD) as a disability.

If SCD makes it hard for you to follow a rule at college, the college may have to change the rule. But the college only has to make “reasonable” changes. If a rule makes it hard for you to succeed, you owe it to yourself to ask for a reasonable accommodation.


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