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Navigating the College Landscape: The Lived Experiences of First Generation College Students with Disabilities

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2-2-2022 12:45 PM

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2-2-2022 1:45 PM

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Rowan University has over 2,900 students with disabilities registered with Accessibility Services. Of that total, over 200 students also self-identified as first generation. The transition to college for students with disabilities can be challenging and overwhelming. Many students are still developing their self-advocacy skills. Add on to those challenges also being First Generation and the leap to college can be prove quite daunting. This presentation is an opportunity for these students to share their lived experiences with students and higher education practitioners to better understand the unique challenges throughout their college career. One way to ease the transition to college is to build a support system and sense of belonging. Specific supports that connect first generation students with disabilities with key resources to put them on a platform for success. This panel presentation of first generation, college students with disabilities will share their lived experiences and demonstrate the importance of connecting with disability and first generation affinity groups. Attendees will gain an understanding of the intersection of disability and first generation and the layered challenges this presents to students as they transition to college. Attendees will gain an understanding of the similar challenges first generation college students who have disabilities encounter in their transition to college. Attendees will learn about the opportunities these organizations provide for first generation college students with disabilities in empowering them in finding their voice and develop leadership and mentoring roles within the campus community. Attendees will learn about strategies and best practices to support first generation college students with disabilities.

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Feb 2nd, 12:45 PM Feb 2nd, 1:45 PM

Navigating the College Landscape: The Lived Experiences of First Generation College Students with Disabilities

Rowan University has over 2,900 students with disabilities registered with Accessibility Services. Of that total, over 200 students also self-identified as first generation. The transition to college for students with disabilities can be challenging and overwhelming. Many students are still developing their self-advocacy skills. Add on to those challenges also being First Generation and the leap to college can be prove quite daunting. This presentation is an opportunity for these students to share their lived experiences with students and higher education practitioners to better understand the unique challenges throughout their college career. One way to ease the transition to college is to build a support system and sense of belonging. Specific supports that connect first generation students with disabilities with key resources to put them on a platform for success. This panel presentation of first generation, college students with disabilities will share their lived experiences and demonstrate the importance of connecting with disability and first generation affinity groups. Attendees will gain an understanding of the intersection of disability and first generation and the layered challenges this presents to students as they transition to college. Attendees will gain an understanding of the similar challenges first generation college students who have disabilities encounter in their transition to college. Attendees will learn about the opportunities these organizations provide for first generation college students with disabilities in empowering them in finding their voice and develop leadership and mentoring roles within the campus community. Attendees will learn about strategies and best practices to support first generation college students with disabilities.

Presentation was given twice. Both presentations are below.