State launches program to aid college students with disabilites

For Megan Amling, the College2Careers program provides a sense of security. (WBNS)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A program designed to help students with disabilities is launching at 15 colleges and universities around the state.

The Ohio College2Careers program is new initiative started by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Thousands of Ohio college students living with both visible and invisible disabilities will receive some extra support. The program places specially-trained counselors on campus.

Megan Amling, 22, looks like any other college student. She's passionate about her classwork and aspires to work in higher ed.

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But getting to this point wasn't easy. Behind her smile and bubbly personality is something you can’t see.

"So I had a brain injury about 5-and-a-half years ago and when I had it, I didn't really think of it as a disability,” she said.

At the age of 16, Megan was at the top of her game a cyclist until an accident left her hospitalized.

Chipped teeth, cuts and bruises were superficial, but the brain trauma altered the way she read, learned and processed everyday information.

“It impacts my day-to-day a lot, and so coming to school, you have to figure out transportation, you have to figure out how to get your work done. I have trouble kind of processing information visually and lots of noise.”

But with the new program, the counselors serve as a resource for students, offering guidance on adaptive assistance and internships as well as support with post graduate job prep and employment.

“Everybody learns differently, so all we’re trying to do is we’re trying to work and give them a little bit of extra confidence that little bit of extra understanding so that they can succeed,” said Kevin Miller Director of the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

For Megan, the program provides a sense of security.

As the Columbus native prepares for life outside of the scarlet and gray walls, she feels confident she will succeed with a helping hand.

For more information on the program click here.