Disability Services: Accommodating Student Veterans Webcast Recording



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For many veterans, making the transition from life in a war zone to life as a college student can be challenging. More than ever before, disability services staff members, with their understanding of the unique challenges veterans are facing, can often become advocates for helping veterans connect to available resources.

Join us online as our experienced instructor details specific accommodations that your disability office might consider for veteran students. This event will emphasize how disability service administrators can train others on campus to better serve veteran students with physical and psychological disabilities and help them succeed academically and socially. Our instructor will also suggest some longer-term projects you can use to more broadly assist veterans through disability services

Who Should Attend

Disability services and veterans affairs personnel will learn ways to accommodate student veterans and train other faculty and staff on working with student veterans.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this webcast, you will be able to advocate for the role your disability services office should play in helping veterans adjust to campus life.


  • Needs of returning veterans
    • The different types of physical and psychological injuries most common for recent veterans
    • Common presenting profiles of student veterans
  • Meeting the needs
    • Best practices to help students, academically and socially, who have experienced common post-war symptoms
  • Training and educating faculty and staff
    • How to train and educate faculty and staff on how to work with veteran students with physical and psychological disabilities
    • A step-by-step training program you can take back to your campus to use for training faculty and staff
  • Other suggestions for the future
    • How to plan for larger trainings, such as faculty sensitivity training, to help you facilitate conversation about differing opinions on war
    • How to increase the profile of disability services on campus
    • How to increase the role of disability services in orientation of veteran students
    • How to make your campus more veteran friendly
  • Final thoughts/Q&A


Brenda York, Director of Disability, Re-Entry and Veteran Services Office, Montana State University

Brenda works closely with MSU’s student veterans to make sure they receive the GI Bill and other help afforded to veterans. Around 300 or more veterans enroll at MSU each fall. York has also worked with colleges across the state to implement veteran assistance programs, and MSU helped convince the Montana Board of Regents to allow state campuses to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program connected to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. York oversees disability services at MSU and is in a unique position to help veterans that may need other assistance outside of their educational benefits.


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