Reeve Summit 2021 Session Explores Unique Challenges of College Transition for Students with Paralysis

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Reeve Summit 2021 Session Explores Unique Challenges of College Transition for Students with Paralysis

Heading off to college – even virtual college – holds a spectrum of joys and challenges for a student of any age. Students living with paralysis face a unique set of circumstances around college transition that can make the experience daunting. Navigating this life-changing move is the focus of a virtual seminar and interactive Q&A at the Reeve Summit 2021.

Second Annual Reeve Summit April 27-29 Features 30 Virtual Sessions on Paralysis Topics

The second annual Reeve Summit: Where Care, Cure and Community Connect takes place April 27-29, 2021. More than 40 virtual sessions will explore topics relevant to the paralysis community, including advocacy, caregiving, employment, research, and health and wellness. Participants around the globe will have a chance to hear from experts, ask questions, and share their own experiences of living with paralysis.


Reeve Summit Workshop Teaches Self-Advocacy Skills for Navigating College Life

Annie Tulkin, MS, founder and director of Accessible College, leads the virtual workshop,” College Transition for Students with Paralysis.” She will explore essential self-advocacy skills that all students need in order to ensure success in college and beyond. Participants will gain an understanding of the potential obstacles surrounding college transition and learn how to find resources and support.

“Whether the student is returning to college after a fairly recent injury or has managed their paralysis for years, going to college can present a new set of questions and challenges,” Tulkin says. “For young students, college may be the first time they have to self-advocate and live independently. Older students may face a learning curve to understand assistive technologies, or juggle home life with studies.”

Free Booklet on ‘Navigating and Transitioning to College with Paralysis’ from Reeve Foundation

Tulkin authored a free Reeve Foundation informational booklet called “Navigating and Transitioning to College with Paralysis.” She has also teamed up with the Foundation to offer a limited number of personal consultations to college-bound students.

Through her company, Accessible College, Tulkin supports college preparation and transition for students with disabilities and their families across the country. She has worked in the field of disability for more than 10 years, including six years as associate director of the Academic Resource Center at Georgetown University. There, she supported students with physical disabilities and health conditions and oversaw academic support services for the entire student body. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from DePaul University, a master’s in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a certificate in health coaching from Georgetown University.

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.