Student Disability Resources
To pursue an adventure at Iowa State University, some students have specific learning needs or require specific support in order to achieve academic success. Student Disability Resources (SDR) provides accommodations to students who have a variety of disabilities, and ensures that they enjoy a full, rich Iowa State experience. The work of SDR truly exemplifies Iowa State’s philosophy of providing access to a college education.
More than 30 students with disabilities participated in online campus interviews with the Federal Workforce Recruitment Program. Eleven students received offers for paid internships at government locations throughout the county, including in Washington, D.C.
The SDR director was selected to participate in a three-year study examining efficacy of universal instructional design and use of medical documentation in the accommodation process.
Collaborated with the Memorial Union and Multicultural Center to establish the only videophone on Iowa State campus. Videophones allow deaf/hard-of-hearing people the opportunity to see and communicate with others via the Internet.
Samantha was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Iowa in March 2010. After earning a degree from Marshalltown Community College, Samantha enrolled at Iowa State where she is working on a B.A. degree in journalism with a minor in sociology. Her goal is to create positive perceptions of people with disabilities in the media by talking about issues that affect people with disabilities, as well as other newsworthy current events and topics. “You don’t have to always talk about disability issues to be a positive influence,” Samantha says.
–Samantha Edwards, Journalism and Mass Communication