This is Debbie Seaver, the Associate Director of the Gladish Learning Center & Accessibility Services Coordinator. Through her role, Debbie works with students requesting academic accommodations and develops appropriate accommodations to overcome barriers to their learning. Generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, and chronic health issues are the most common reasons for accommodations on campus.

“We encourage students to register with our office in their first year, but students may register anytime during their time at Hanover. In addition to working with accessibility service students, I coordinate a program of support for students on academic probation and 21st Century Scholars.”

The Gladish Learning Center provides many resources to support student success. All students have access to tutors in a variety of subject areas Sunday-Thursday from 7-11 pm in the learning center and virtually. The Accessibility Service office administers common accommodations through the management system, Accommodate. Assistive technology, Read&Write, is available for all students. Tutor schedules, study group schedules and Read&Write software download is all available at learningcenter.hanover.edu.

In closing, Debbie says, “Sometimes due to cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, and/or sensory differences, disabled people can be isolated and feel excluded. Be an ally and help involve all students in campus activities. Don't be afraid to reach out to others. I hope as we discuss diversity on campus, we will include students with disabilities. Making our campus accessible to all students can only make Hanover College a more diverse campus community.”

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we seek to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of the Hanover community and the support they receive from the Gladish Learning Center.