Sept. 9, 2021
Covid long haulers face new challenges as they head to college. Universities are listening.
As long-term COVID continues to linger in thousands, young people suffering from its residual effects will undoubtedly return to schools and colleges needing more support and accommodation, but with disability infrastructure being underfunded and not widely understood in many colleges, schools will need to re-examine systems they have in place for these students, disability experts said. Amanda Kraus, the executive director of disability resources at the University of Arizona, said the school, which has over 44,000 students, has already seen a significant increase in COVID-related requests for accommodations on campus. "The pandemic has really taught us that there is a need for more flexibility, compassion and a universal design that will benefit not just those with disabilities but everyone, and my hope is that we retain some of that the things that were put in place to adapt to the pandemic," she said.