S.A. Addresses Creating a Representative Position for Cornellians with Disabilities

The Undergraduate Student Assembly discussed creating a representative position for students with disabilities, although no official decision was made at the S.A. meeting Thursday afternoon. At the same meeting, the S.A. also passed a resolution calling for the creation of a Student Health Advisory Committee, which aims to establish a committee “in conjunction with the GPSA and Cornell Health to improve quality of care and collaboration at Cornell Health.”

State Says School Districts Fail Disabled

Not only do school districts issue report cards to their students, but they also receive report cards of their own, issued by the state, reporting their students’ progress.
State report cards made public on Wednesday revealed that five of six Tompkins County school districts failed to meet the required yearly targets for students with disabilities, according to The Ithaca Journal. The only district that passed was Trumansburg Central School District.
All six districts achieved their targets for every other category including elementary/middle and secondary levels; black, white, Latino and Asian ethnic groups; and economically disadvantaged groups.

Disability Activists Address Ways to Make C.U. More Accessible

Andrea Haenlin-Mott and Katherine Fahey, members of the Executive Disability Group and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator Team, spoke with the Student Assembly yesterday about their strategy for making Cornell more accessible for faculty, staff and students.
Vincent Andrews ’11, S.A. representative-at-large, invited the two women to discuss their plans because he believes the S.A. should be aware and involved in an initiative that greatly affects the welfare of the student body.
“Disabled students exist on campus and we need to grant them the proper attention and representation,” said Andrews. “We’re listening to their concerns and discussing the issues.”