By Janae Frazier
Elon junior Sentrell Allen has a physical disability, but said she does not utilize disabilities services.
“I haven’t really gone to them. I do talk to people and they say that I should go to them, but I don’t know how they would really help me with my disability since it’s not a learning disability,” Allen said.
Allen has cerebral palsy, which is an incurable condition caused by brain damage. Every case of cerebral palsy is unique to the person who has it, but physical impairment is the main symptom.
In Allen’s case, the condition causes her to walk with a limp and it severely impairs her right hand.
“I don’t need services, because I’ve gotten used to it,” Allen said “I can walk and do normal things like a person without a disability.”
The Disabilities Services website states, “Students with disabilities are provided with accommodations that allow them to access buildings, programs, and curricula of the University. All accommodations are approved on a case-by-case basis; there is no list of approved accommodations that will be provided to all individuals that have any particular diagnosis.”
Although Allen has managed without any university assistance, she said she would like to see more services for students with physical disabilities.
Susan Wise, director of Disabilities Services, said that Elon is working to improve its services.
“Currently the university is undergoing an accessibility audit that examines the accessibility of Elon’s programs, buildings, services, and curricula and identifies barriers to that accessibility,” Wise said.
Although she does not get much support from disabilities services, Allen says she has had a great experience at Elon.
“I haven’t felt uncomfortable here, everyone here is really friendly, and so I like it a lot and it helps me grow as a person because I know people just don’t look at me for my disability, they look at me for my personality and sometimes I feel like people don’t see my disability,” Allen said.
Everything happens for a reason is what Elon Junior Sentrell says about her physical disability, and does not really see herself as being disabled at all.
“ I don’t feel disabled. I don’t feel like I can’t do anything because I feel like as long as I push myself to do it and not just say oh because of my disability, I can’t do this. I just have to try a little bit harder, but I always try to do what people say I can’t do and I also try to do what I don’t think I can do myself.”