Center for Disability Resources empowers students, changes perceptions

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | By Kathleen Haley

Miguel PicaMiguel Pica ’22 knows the important work the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) does to help students with disabilities meet their academic goals. He has been working with an access counselor at the center since he came to campus in 2019—and has found his personal success with their efforts.

Pica, who was medically retired from the U.S. Army after being injured on active duty, was concerned about completing his coursework on time, having enough time on exams and possibly being penalized or forced to drop a class for too many medically related absences.

Working with access counselor Michael Mazzaroppi, “we were able to develop a plan where I would have extended time for exams, quizzes and tests; use of a recording device in class; advance access to PowerPoints and negotiate an attendance modification plan between the professor, counselor and myself,” says Pica, a dual major in biology and history in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School.

Whatever concern or need I had, my access counselor would investigate and figure out what options we could pursue to better acclimate me to the classroom environment,” says Pica. “The work of the Center for Disability Resources has been very important to me and finding my success at Syracuse by providing the assistance I need to perform well in the classroom.”

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