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Dear Colleagues,

NSF is soliciting proposals for GRF awards for FY 09; application
deadlines cluster at the beginning of November 2008 and vary by field.
GRFs provide three years of "early-stage" support for graduate students
seeking research-based master's or doctoral degrees in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, including the
social sciences.
  The funds granted for each student per year total
$40,500, including $10,500 for tuition.  The program expects to award
between 900 and 1,600 fellowship grants in FY 09, with total available
funds estimated between $36.5 and $65 million.  Awards will be granted
in late March, 2009.  Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens,
nationals, or permanent resident aliens.

More information is available at:



Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Academic and Student Affairs
College of Natural Science
Michigan State University
101A Natural Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1115
tel. 517-355-4474
fax. 517-432-1054

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Dear All,

      I am conducting a study of scholars and students with recurring invisible illnesses, to gauge their experiences and compile a book that assists graduate students and their mentors with continuing their academic programs. If you could copy and paste your answers to these questions and e-mail them to samanthaebp@gmail.com , I would really appreciate it.

Preliminary Survey for Study on Scholars and Students with Chronic, Invisible Illnesses

Academic Affiliation and Position:

Please list the chronic, invisible condition(s) and/or disease(s) from which you suffer:

1) Briefly describe how this illness has affected your academic career or hindered your progress as a student. Please be as specific as possible.

2) What accommodations have you requested from your academic institution to assist your progress as a scholar or student with a disability? Please elaborate on what associations or offices you contacted in order to request accommodations.

3) How easy/difficult was it for you to find out and/or access these offices or associations and how were they first brought to your attention?

4) Briefly describe the response of your colleagues, advisor, students and/or professors at your academic institution, and please give examples of your interactions with them. Was the response to your conditions positive or negative, and how did your colleagues, advisor, et. al. go about facilitating your accommodations? Were all of your accommodation requests met?

5) How do you communicate to your colleagues, advisor, students and/or professors about the existence of your diseases? Is this information made public on a “need to know” basis or are you very open about your disabilities?

6) How do you deal with the invisible nature of your illnesses? What kind of discrimination and/or difficulties have you encountered because of the common response, “But you don’t look sick”?

7) Please feel free to add anything else you’d like to add on the reverse side of this form or on a separate sheet of paper.
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. Gender: Female
2. Age: 26
3. Degrees obtained: BA, MSt, working towards PhD
4. Current position: Fourth-year PhD student
5. Do you have a disability? If not, why are you interested in this group? I have several auto-immune diseases and also have been diagnosed with eating disorders
6. Academic interests Musicology, disability studies
7. Other interests Synchronized swimming, musicology, punk rock, liberal Christianity, running (when I'm not sick), piano, organ, choral music, indie rock, metal, writing, science fiction, great books, feminism, fantasy, Star Trek, blogging, etc.
8. If you have a disability, what is the most challenging thing you have faced regarding disability in the academic world? If you don't have a disability, what issue do you think is most vital in dealing with disability in academia? I have been discriminated against by fellow academics who say I am too sick to be a scholar. It is very difficult to deal with the psychological pressure of my adviser not taking me seriously.
9. Other comments? I am doing a survey of scholars and students with invisible, chronic illnesses. I'd be very interested if any of you would like to take part!
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Hey all

I’m moving out of my parent’s house to live independently June 1st. I know this is a huge change and will take time to get adjusted. I will have aides to train and roommates to get used to. But I want to get a puppy around mid-July. Now some people think this is a great idea – it will help me meet new people and give me a project for the summer. I start grad school in October so that would give me a good chunk of time to train, spend a lot of time with the dog. Other people (like my parents) think I “need” to wait at least 1 year. My question is: whom should I believe? I do want a dog but I obliviously want to be ready and not put another stress on myself. Any thoughts, advice, stories, etc. are welcomed.



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Hey everybody

I was wondering if you knew of any switch-adapted phones. I’m planning on living independently starting in June. I’m nonverbal so I wont be “talking” on the phone. It will be for emergencies so when someone sees the number it will mean, “Eva needs help”.



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Hey Everyone!
I have a question for you.  How did you get your own health insurance (not for Medicare or anything else but private health insurance)? What I understand is companies won't insure me upfront because of my cp (which is stupid), but but if I go on cobra and exhaust that under HIPPA insurance companies legally have to cover me. Have any of you done this? I'm going to call Blue Cross tomorrow but I would love some personal stories too.
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Well, the CST meeting is early next week. Hopefully after that I'll get some accomodations while I'm looking for another school.

Oh, and for those of you wondering just how many classes you have to be failing for the school to get off their ass to help you, it's more than three. (I would know. -_-)

If you want to know more, I made a post here about everything.

Current Mood:
depressed depressed
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I just joined and thought I'd introduce myself...

. Gender: Female
2. Age: 16
3. Degrees obtained: n/a
4. Current position: junior in high school
5. Do you have a disability? If not, why are you interested in this group? I started loosing my hearing four years ago... it's been a very difficult transition. I'm comfortable with myself now, but lots of other people aren't.
6. Academic interests I'm hoping to go into graphic design
7. Other interests reading, writing, poetry, sewing, faeries, goblins, fantasy books and movies
8. If you have a disability, what is the most challenging thing you have faced regarding disability in the academic world? If you don't have a disability, what issue do you think is most vital in dealing with disability in academia? Biggest issue is people not taking me seriously. I hate it when people say, "You should understand what I'm saying, you hear well enough," or "You're not deaf." The school doesn't want to make any accommodations for me because I wear hearing aids and I'm not failing all my classes. I'm currently looking into switching schools.
9. Other comments? Nope =)
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Mods, delete this if it's not allowed:

Hi everyone. My friend Carly and I are teens who have disabilities. Neither of us have found too much out there having to do with ideas, arts and other things of people with disabilities. We've started a blog where we discuss these things, and we also want to start a webzine having to do with everything that youth with disabilities would be interested in. We're looking for people who are interested in submitting or helping out. Because there just isn't enough out there! Our website is www.carlyandchelsey.wordpress.com and our email is carlyandchelsey at gmail.com if anyone is interested!
Current Mood:
excited excited
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Hey everybody,

I hope you all are having a great fall. I was wondering – has anyone moved out without their parent’s blessing. I know some of you have seen my other posts about me going to be moving out in June and my parents being less than supportive. Well I have decided I’m moving June 1 no matter what. I’m doing the necessary planning, apartment, aides, money, etc. But I’m terrified about what will happen with my parents. Any stories, advice, etc. would be great.



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