Disability Services

Diabetic students balance their insulin, classes

Alicia Traylor, a freshman at The University of Alabama, can identify the number of carbohydrates in every bite of food she consumes, and it is not because she decided to try out a new diet plan. Traylor has Type 1 diabetes, and knowing her carbohydrate intake can be a matter of life or death.

Equal opportunity, equal education

The Office of Disability Services, tucked away in Martha Parham East, isn’t something many students give much thought to. With 1,300 registered students, though, ODS is a major UA office assisting students around campus daily. According to the ODS website, ods.ua.edu, the office works with students to determine academic accommodations for disabilities so that students are evaluated based on their knowledge of course material, not based on the limiting effects of their disability. ODS Director Judy Thorpe works with students every day to “level the playing field,” as she calls it. “We want the two students – one with disability, one without – to have an equal chance to show what they know,” Thorpe said.