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Ryan Greenway

Ryan GreenwayHometown: Littleton, Colo.

Major: Biological sciences

Year in school: Freshman

Disability: ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder

What are your future endeavors? 

I would like to become an oral surgeon

What are your hobbies? 

I like to exercise at the Rec Center, read and play video games.

What has been your greatest challenge while at MU? 

Finding balance in all aspects of my life at Mizzou. Between school, extracurricular and making time to spend with my friends, it can be overwhelming at times trying to do everything.

What would you like people to know about your disability? 

Because of my auditory processing disorder, I sound a lot slower than your average student. I will constantly ask for clarification in noisy environments when talking to people.

Just a little background to me and my disability:

As a child getting ready to enroll in kindergarten, my parents wanted me to get a parochial education. Informed by the parochial school that I “needed a year” to be ready to enroll, my parents enrolled me in a local public elementary school. There, my kindergarten teacher asked that I be tested for disabilities. Soon after, I was diagnosed with ADHD and auditory processing disorder. My parents refused to medicate me, and as a result I had to work twice as hard in school as many of my peers. School was hard for a while, but by the time I had reached high school, I had a learning style instead of a disability.

What would you tell a student who has a disability like yours? 

Answer at least one question in every class every day in order to stay engaged and not get “lost in the crowd” at a large institution like Mizzou.

What advice would you give to a new student at MU? 

Mizzou does a great job at trying to ensure that everyone succeeds in college. However, the university can only do so much. As a college student you have to act like an adult and actively seek out the support that is offered. If you look for it, you will find it.

How the Office of Disability Services makes a difference

The ODS staff is awesome. They work very hard and very discreetly to ensure that students with disabilities can succeed at a very high level in college. For me personally, ODS made a difference by introducing me to all of the resources that are available on campus. These services ranged from the Writing Lab to one-on-one tutoring; I would have never even heard of these if it wasn’t for ODS.