I just received notification that the University of Illinois has awarded me the following fellowship:
I count as a "person with disabilities" on that list.
The amazing thing is that I never applied for this fellowship, or even knew about it in advance. What happened is that the graduate admissions person at UIUC contacted my computer science advisor saying that there as a fellowship that I could likely get, and the advisor asked me to come in and sign a form giving Disability Support Services permission to release my records to them. I did that a couple weeks ago and just today I got the e-mail saying it had been awarded. (I don't know how the graduate admissions person knew that I was a "person with disabilities" - I don't recall writing it in my application materials. Probably one of my professors wrote something about it in her recommendation letter - good thing he/she did!)
DEEP PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTION: If being "disabled" gives you special opportunities that you wouldn't have had if you weren't "disabled," does it still count as a "disability"?