The Benefits of Boxing

As a health and fitness professional, Sophia tells us that boxing is not about fighting, she believes that with the proper guidance and precautions, boxing can be an empowering and beneficial form of exercise for people living with chronic conditions like hydrocephalus.

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Transitioning to College: Healthcare Management

For many young adults living with hydrocephalus, college is the first time they are managing their medical condition(s) on their own, particularly if the individual has moved away from home to live on campus. For this reason, it is important to put into place a plan for local care, particularly in the event of a medical emergency.

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Transitioning to College: Academics

There are a lot of moving parts once a student with hydrocephalus commits to a college and moves on to requesting accommodations (for those that need them), honing their self-advocacy skills, and preparing to navigate their health and wellness needs independently.

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Choosing the Right College

Alongside the typical comparisons for choosing a college, like cost, distance from home, academic major, etc., students with hydrocephalus should consider proximity to a medical center with neurosurgical care as well as compare the services and supports that the school offers.

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College Status and Leave Policies

Students with hydrocephalus may require more flexibility in their college experience, due to unpredictable hospitalization, medical procedures, and illness. It’s important for students and families to understand the policies on full- and part-time student status as well as leaves of absence before committing to a school.

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College Programs for Academic and Accessibility Support

Academic support varies across colleges, from peer tutoring and writing centers to specialized programs to schools completely built around educating students with learning disabilities. Additionally, some schools are well known for their inclusive approach to physical accessibility.

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Differences Between High School and College Accommodations

It is important for students and families to understand that the services, supports, and accommodations that a student received in high school may not be available in the college setting. The responsibility for requesting and managing accommodations also rests fully on the student, unless a FERPA waiver is on file with the school.

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The College Search

There is a lot to consider when thinking about transitioning to college with hydrocephalus. Beyond the typical considerations around academic fit and cost, you will also need to think about your medical needs and what accommodations and support are available on campus.

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Mental Health and Wellness for College Students

College is an exciting time for many students but it can also be overwhelming, as students transition to a more independent lifestyle with new academic and social pressures. It can be a lot for some students, but many colleges are actively working to provide holistic support to student health and wellness.

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Hydrocephalus and Independence

By Madeleine Darowiche, HA Volunteer So, you’re considering living on your own for the first time, but you have hydrocephalus and question if it’s possible? You’ve come to the right…

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