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Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

Jessica Benham has multiple disabilities — autism, panic disorder and a connective tissue disorder. (Photo by Bethany Krupicka | Staff Photographer)

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017

Most people wouldn’t say walking with a cane is glamorous. But to Pitt grad student Jessica Benham, “it’s a fashion statement.” Sporting her bedazzled cane — black with sparkly rhinestones — Benham shows she is not ashamed of her connective tissue disorder. But she is quick to point o...

‘Diversity includes disability’

Jon Duvall with a robotic arm produced by students and staff at HERL. Wenhao Wu | Senior Staff Photographer

By Elizabeth Lepro / Contributing Editor

April 25, 2016

Students and faculty with disabilities look for representation on campus. At her high school in the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Monica Silny was in every AP class, a member of the history club — just as a “social thing” — and the 2015 prom queen. Silny, now a first-year ...

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