Unscrambling the Puzzle Pieces for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are very diverse. They have everyday challenges that require understanding. These students may need to work harder, access or process information differently, or demonstrate what they have learned in different ways to earn their degrees. But like successful students everywhere, students with disabilities frequently credit the instructors who take the time to encourage and support their efforts and look past their disabilities and see them as individuals. To begin to understand them, today's discussion will touch on: proper documentation, self-advocacy and universal design.


Carolyn DeFlanders is a Counselor and Professor at Lone Star College-Tomball. She has been employed with Lone Star College-Tomball for 12 1/2 years. her educational background began at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She then furthered her educations by completing a master's degree in Counseling and Guidance at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to joining the LSC family, Ms. DeFlanders was the Coordinator of Disability Services at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Her joy comes from servicing students and educating others about individuals with disabilities.