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College offers alternative to special dorm request after initial denial for New York teen with cerebral palsy

Nick Astor
Michael Astor
Nick Astor
SOURCE: Michael Astor
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College offers alternative to special dorm request after initial denial for New York teen with cerebral palsy

A New York teenager’s dreams of going to college this fall had been in question after his first-choice school initially denied his special dorm accommodation request.

Nick Astor, 19, who has cerebral palsy, plans to major in political science at State University of New York Purchase College, about 30 miles north of New York City, reports WABC.

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The school initially denied his request that he and his live-in aide live in separate, adjacent rooms, instead offering only a double room that lacks privacy.

“Disability is not a one-size-fits-all thing, so you can’t accommodate everyone in a double, and you have to be a little flexible,” Astor told WABC.

But on Thursday, the school told Astor that the aide would be given a second room, although it likely wouldn't be adjoining and it might not be adjacent, either.

"(It's) not ideal but I'll take it," he said in a Facebook post.

Michael Astor, Nick Astor's father, said they are discussing the alternative arrangement.

While Astor is independent in many ways, he did well in high school with the help of an aide, who assists him with basic needs such as getting out of bed and using the bathroom.

The issue even caught the attention of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who released a statement about his situation.

“All students have a right to pursue a higher education regardless of disability,” Cuomo said. “I applaud Nick Astor for his achievements and resolve, and I have urged SUNY Purchase to accommodate him. College is key to achieving the American dream, and in New York we are committed to helping make that dream a reality, with equal opportunity for all.”

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