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Recipe for Success March 24_ 2009


									Recipe for Success
 March 23, 2010
  Nuts and Bolts of being a College
College is different from High
   IN High School, most of your
    education decisions are made
    for you by your parents or
    teachers or the state curriculum
   IN College, a few decisions are
    made for you but there is a LOT
    of choice. And lots of
Who advocates for you?

   High School            College
       Your Parents           YOU
       Your Teachers          Your parents
       You after age           might be in one
        16                      meeting with
                                you and the
                                Disability office
Plans in High School V/s
High School              College does not have a
 504 Plan
                            written plan like High
 IEP                    Student is
 Teachers responsible    responsible for
   for plans being          requesting academic
   implemented              accommodations from
                            the Disability Office with
                            supporting the request
                          Notifying Professors
                          making testing
                          Ensuring they are using
                            the services necessary
                          Following the time lines
                            of their school
What do I mean by Advocate?
   You have a disability.
   You have to be COMFORTABLE
    discussing your Disability.
   You have to KNOW your Disability
    and any limitations your disability
    causes that might impact your
    access to a College Education.
   You have to KNOW your disability
    and any limitations well enough to
    ASK for reasonable
What Do I mean by
“Advocate” ?

   By knowing your disability, you will have
    ideas about what the college and you can
    do to reduce the impact of your disability.
   You are allowed reasonable academic or
    residential accommodations to help reduce
    the impact of your disability on educational
   If you don’t ask for the help or the
    accommodation you may need, it may not
    be offered.
Help Resources on campuses
For All Students:
 Academic Support Services
 Writing Center
 Tutoring office
 Help tables in various departments
 Counseling Center
 Health Center/Wellness Center
 Academic Advisement Center
For Students with Disabilities:
 Disability Office
Disability Office
   This is the office that will work with you to
    receive equal access to the College
       You have to identify yourself to this office as a
        person with a disability
       You have to provide documentation of your
        disability and its functional limitations
       You have to work together with the Disabiltiy
        Office to determine reasonable accommodations
       If you don’t’ identify with the Disability Office the
        college does not know that you are on campus
        and does not know you may need
       Accommodations start AFTER you identify with
        the office
Documentation part of
   Each disability has different
    documentation requirements
   Discuss with your college what
    documentation it needs for your
    particular disability
   Discuss how CURRENT the
    documentation needs to be (some
    within 6 months, others within 3
    years - - you are responsible for
    documentation NOT the college)
Good Advocate knows:
Reasonable Accommodations –
   Reduce the impact of the disability on
    access to the educational environment,
    physical or educational
   Do not reduce the rigor of the academic
   Do not change the graduation
   Do not provide a service for free that others
    have to pay to receive
   Do not provide personal aides or tutors
   Do not provide free technology that others
    have to pay to receive
Good Advocate knows:
Unreasonable Academic
   Free services that other students pay to
    receive ( tutoring, for example)
   Personal Aides for personal care or
    assistance with study or work outside the
   In general any request that changes the
    graduation or major requirements of the
   There are some colleges that will consider
    substitutions, but other colleges consider a
    substitution a fundamental alteration of the
   Know the GRADUATION or major
    requirements before you apply.
Good Advocate knows:

   Other requests that may be
       Color code the important information in
        the text book FOR you
       Someone to keep you on task in the
       Directions simplified
       Test questions explained or simplified
       Exemptions from general education
       Door to door transportation
To be a good Advocate for
yourself you need to:
   Know the NAME of your
   How does your disability impact
    or limit you in School?
   How does your disability impact
    or limit you with on-campus
   How does your disability impact
    or limit you in everyday life?
What are the limitations of
YOUR disability? Example:
   YOU may have a Learning Disability
       May slow down your reading speed
       May slow down how fast you get
        information in or out of your brain
       May make it very difficult to listen to
        lecture AND take notes at the same time
       May prevent you from reading text
        books (reading vocabulary is low), but
        you can understand what you hear.
Learning Disability example

   Reading speed slow, processing
    speed slow
   REASONABLE accommodation
    may be
     extra time on exams
     pacing your courses so you have
      fewer reading intense courses
      each term
Learning Disability cont.

   Can’t read the text book but can
    understand what you hear
   REASONABLE academic
    accommodation may be
     Electronic books so you can hear
      your computer read the book to
     Books on tape from RFBD
     Reader for exams
Learning Disability

   Can’t listen to lecture and take
    notes at the same time
   Reasonable academic
    accommodation might be
     Student note taker OR
     Copy of lecturers notes OR

     Use of a digital recorder to record
      the lecture
Physical Disability Example

   How does your physical
    disability get in the way of your
     Mobility?
     Opening doors?

     Stamina?

     Fine motor control (hand writing)?
Physical Disability

   Mobility
   Reasonable accommodation may
       Special Housing
       Door openers
       Elevators in building
       Special parking
       Reasonable paths to classes
       Extra time between classes to give time
        to move around campus
       Accessible Washers and Dryers
Physical Disability

   Stamina
   Reasonable accommodations
    may include:
     Reduce course load
     Extra time for exams

     Customizing your schedule with
      one class in morning and one in
Physical Disability

   Fine motor control
   Reasonable accommodations
    may include:
     Word processor for essay exams
     Scribe for exams

     Person to bubble in scantron
      exam answers
Your turn to play advocate:

   What are the limitations a
    person with these disabilities
    might have?
     Hearing impaired
     Visually impaired

     Attention deficit disorder

   What might be Reasonable
    accommodations for each?
Did you suggest - - -

   Hearing impaired
     Notes?
     Sign language interpreter?

     Hearing aid system that works
      with Audio in lecture area?
Did you suggest - - -

   Visually impaired
     Enlarged print for hand outs
     Braille for handout or books

     Auditory or electronic text books

     Reader OR large print OR Braille
      for exams
Did you suggest - - ?

   Attention deficit disorder
     Less distracting testing
     Extra time on exams to re-focus

     Special class schedule to have
      classes during the part of the day
      when more likely to be focused
Other Disabilities: know what you
have and how it impacts you
   Psychiatric or Emotional disabilities
   Allergies that are limiting in nature
    (allergic to wheat, peanuts, etc)
   Medical disabilities
   Chronic illnesses
   Combinations of conditions (LD +
    ADD, ADD + Anxiety)
   Recovery from drug or alcohol
   Traumatic event syndromes
Final Words

   Think about yourself carefully
   If you go away to school
       Can you clean your room?
       Can you do laundry?
       Can you get up and get to class on your
       Do you take showers and change your
        clothes on a regular basis?
       Remember medications on your own?
       Remember to eat regular meals?
Final Thoughts cont.

       Deal with room mate issues?
       Can you study with out some one telling
        you to study?
       Can you remember test dates and
        homework due dates with out constant
   You can be Academically qualified to
    be at College BUT you also need to
    have the self care and self
    motivation to succeed at college.

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