#ThriveCollege Twitter Chat

Planning to go to college, or returning for the new semester? Check out the highlights below of our Twitter chat on disability and academia! The live event was on August 26th, but you can still participate by following us (@ability2thrive), and tweet using the hashtag #ThriveCollege.  


Missed the chat? Check out our highlights below, and feel free to continue answering questions using the #thrivecollege hashtag!

The Topic, and How This Works

Calling all future and current college students with disabilities! On August 26th, 2015, at 2 p.m. EST, Thrive hosted a twitter chat, Q&A style, on disability and academia. Our guest panelists offered their advice on everything from applying to schools and setting up your support network, to living on campus and making new friends. If you follow the hashtag #ThriveCollege and our Twitter account @ability2thrive, you can chime in with your own questions or tips. You can also take a look at the questions below if you want to answer them yourself! It doesn't matter your level of experience, or if you are a student at all - everyone is welcome. We'll retweet the best comments!

The Panelists

Thrive is happy to feature these amazing panelists! Make sure to give them a follow on Twitter to stay up-to-date and see what they have to say.

A woman with short brown hair, wearing a tank and a necklace, smilingWhitney Bailey (@wheelchairwhit: Whitney Bailey loves to help others maximize their potential. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Services from Stephen F. Austin State University. She then went on to graduate from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with a master's degree in Special Education. While at TAMUCC, she completed an internship at a local community college in the disability services office. Her main focus in academia is to help transitioning students in high school to the "real world." She is currently working as a independent living facilitator at a local center for independent living.

Woman with shoulder-length brown hair, smilingJessica Queener (@The_NYTC and thenytc.org): Jessica Queener manages the communications and outreach for the Youth Transitions Collaborative and the National Youth Transitions Center. Dr. Queener is a recent graduate of the doctoral Education and Neuroscience Excellence program at The George Washington University. She concentrated her research in the area of transition related to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Dr. Queener began her career as the self-determination coordinator at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, T.N. She has earned a M.A. in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University and a B.A. from The University of Tennessee.

side view of a woman, her hair in a braid, smilingSara Fair (@sarajanefair): Sara is a recent graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, and currently resides in Seattle. She has been Deaf since birth, has two Deaf parents, and Deaf grandparents on her dad's side of the family.

Woman in a wheelchair, wearing a tiara with "Ms Wheelchair NY" sash Andrea Dalzell (@MsWCNY2015 and theseatednurse.com): Andrea Dalzell is currently Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015, as well as a student at The College of Staten Island studying neuroscience with a minor in medical technology. She will be in her Senior year of college this coming September, and will be passing on her crown to the next Ms. Wheelchair New York. She is determined to become a neurologist in the coming years.

The Questions 

Get your links, images, and thoughts ready for the #ThriveCollege chat! Below are the questions we asked you and our featured panelists. Feel free introduce yourself so we can get to know you, as well!

Q1: What do you want to study in college, or what have you studied?

Q2: What are some tips for finding the right school and starting the application process?

What were the challenges during your first year of college?

How effective was/is the disability department at your college?

Did you live on campus, or are you planning to? Were you able to get the services you need to live there?

What do you love about college? Or what are you looking forward to?

What were some problems faced in your college years? For future students, what worries you?

What are some good resources, apps, and organization tips for students with disabilities?

What are/were your post-graduation plans? What barriers do disabled students face transitioning from academia to the work force?

Anything else? 

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