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    CDS Reflects Back on Successful 2016-2017 Year

    As the Spring 2017 semester comes to a close, the Committee for Disabled Students reflect back on another successful year of events and activism on campus. The committee was founded in 1972 and was the first resource on campus for students with disabilities. Originally serving only these students, CDS later expanded to include all registered students and by 1982, under the leadership of Mary Ellen Passantino, membership grew dramatically. CDS strives for students to learn from one another to create a disability culture, reinforcing the values of the Disability Right Movement, which views disability as limiting only due to external forces. The committee has been dedicated to raising campus awareness…

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    Rupert Isaacson discusses horse therapy and its effect on autism

    The Committee for Disabled Students presented “Autism and Healing with Rupert Isaacson” on October 29 in Rosenthal Library. The presentation served as a means to discuss the healing effects horses have on families with autism. Rupert Isaacson, the author of “The Horse Boy,” discussed the challenges he faced when his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism at age two. Initially, the doctors introduced Rowan’s autism as catastrophic, which was soon reinforced by his susceptibility to tantrums and non-verbal communication. It was not until his relationship with his son progressed had Isaacson realized this sort of thinking is very misleading. “The [reaction of most parents to the initial diagnosis of autism]…