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CMU study links increased stress among academic mothers with disabilities during COVID

Rocha says she's thought about quitting her graduate studies. "Why continue to work if my work permit is going to expire? But no one is ever going to un-educate me."
Rocha says she's thought about quitting her graduate studies. "Why continue to work if my work permit is going to expire? But no one is ever going to un-educate me."

A recent study from Central Michigan University has explored the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mothers with careers in higher education who have mental or physical disabilities.

Dr. Stacy Lim, a researcher and associate professor of audiology at CMU, says the pandemic led to an increase in disability-related symptoms. She says it is due to limited access to resources.

“With a pandemic going on,” she said, “I think it is very important to have some kind of support.”

Lim says - for example - there may be benefits in more accessible telehealth therapy. She says she hopes the findings lead to change in academic institutions.