The executive director of the Weingarten Center, Jane Holahan, wearing a blazer, and smiling at the camera. Photo by Caroline Gibson | The Daily Pennsylvanian
The executive director of the Weingarten Center, Jane Holahan, wearing a blazer, and smiling at the camera. Photo by Caroline Gibson | The Daily Pennsylvanian

What it means to destigmatize disability accommodations

Guest Columnist and Executive Director of the Weingarten Center Jane Holahan weighs in on the discussion of disability accommodations.


As Penn’s home for academic support and disability services, the Weingarten Center works with students in all 12 schools. Students seek assistance in strengthening their study strategies to undertake their academic work with confidence. They also look to Weingarten as a safe space to disclose their disabilities and discuss accommodations that level the playing field. Our work with students has a common theme: Weingarten’s mission is to destigmatize what it means to ask for academic assistance and accommodations based on a disability. As the executive director, I am keenly aware of my staff’s ongoing efforts to provide reassurance to those who utilize our services, letting them know they are not alone. Read more…


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