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How to Contact Disability Support Services at Ivy Tech


There is a link to Disability Support Services on each student's MyIvy Page. Click on the "Ivy Services & Support" Icon on the dashboard for more information.

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What is Disability Awareness Month?

What is Disability Awareness Month?

Ivy Tech recognizes Disability Awareness Month to pay tribute to the accomplishments of people with disabilities. Nationally, March is also Developmental Disability Awareness Month, and October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.


What is a Disability?

Per the CDC, a disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions).


What is a Non-Apparent, Invisible, or Hidden Disability?

A non-apparent, invisible, of hidden disability is any disability that is  not always obvious to the onlooker, but can sometimes limit daily activities, ranging from mild challenges to severe limitations, and vary from person to person. For some people, these terms are offensive. It suggests the person is not visible or that you cannot discern that a person has a disability, which is not always true. Always ask someone which term, if any, they prefer to use.

Examples of non-apparent, invisible, or hidden disabilities include debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences, and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments. More information about invisible disabilities

Disability Statistics

Infographic: Disability Impacts All of Us.

61 million adults in the United States live with a disability


26% of adults have some type of disability


People living in the South are more likely to have a disability


2 in 5 adults 65 years and older have a disability


1 in 4 women have a disability


2 in 5 Non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaskan Natives have a disability


Celebrating Disability Awareness Month

Get educated!

Spread the word!

Be an advocate!

  • Commit to making your community accessible to people with different disabilities
  • Support artists with disabilities
  • Participate in protests and demonstrations on disability issues
  • Join and/or donate to disability organizations you like
  • Talk about disability issues with friends, family, classmates, and coworkers

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