Disability Services Chickasaw Building Room 410 Dean B. Ellis Library, Room 242 972-3964 Thank You! Dr. Jenifer Rice-Mason, Director of Disability Services – The purpose of this session is to provide information that will assist you in accommodating students with disabilities. Disability Services Web Address Please visit the Disability Services website at: www.astate.edu – Use the drop-down box to scroll down to: Disability Services Disability Services Staff Christina Laurentia, Computer Support Specialist, Assistant Director Leo Glover, Learning Disability Specialist Jane Coburn, Administrative Assistant Lori Moore, Notetaking Coordinator Debbie Jernigan, Special Testing Program Assistant Vaneta Harvey, Physical Accommodations & Disability Parking What is a Disability? Definition – A person with a disability is an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life activities. What Are Major Life Activities? Major life activities are those that an average person can perform with little or no difficulty. – Walking – Speaking – Breathing – Performing manual tasks – Seeing – Hearing – Learning – Caring for oneself – Working Three Factors to Consider In determining whether a person’s impairment substantially limits a major life activity: – It’s nature and severity – How long it will last or is expected to last – It’s permanent or long term impact or expected impact Population Served Attention Deficit Disorder – 11% Cognitive – 2% Dyslexia – 8% Hearing – 7% Learning Disability – 11% Physical Dexterity – 6% Physical Mobility – 23% Psychological – 10% Visual – 8% Other disabilities (comprises many small groups) – 14% What is the DS Process? Students must have documentation from a licensed professional that verifies their disability – Student completes DS registration form – Conference with DS Counselor – Documentation is reviewed – Discussion on appropriate accommodations – Student meets DS support staff – Accommodation card given to student – OR letter sent to faculty Example John Doe has provided appropriate documentation to the DS office and has requested accommodations. – The DS office has determined, based on his documentation, that John should have double time for exams and a notetaker in class. – A letter is prepared by DS that will be sent to each faculty member indicating that John has a documented disability and needs the accommodations listed in the letter. Example Cont. The faculty member’s actions in providing accommodations will not change with the knowledge about the disability; therefore he/she does not need to know what the disability is, only that the appropriate documentation has been provided to DS and the accommodation is necessary to fulfill the mandate for equal access under ADA/504. Should a Student with a Disability Self-Identify? If students choose not to self-identify and/or request protection, he/she is not considered a person with a disability. – This is the only federal civil rights law that acknowledges the right of the individual not to be included within the protected class. Commitment to ASU ASU is committed to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. – It is the University’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from participating in any University program or activity, be denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity. Commitment (Cont.) A person with a disability must be ensured the same access to programs, opportunities, and activities at the University as all others. Existing barriers, whether physical, programmatic or attitudinal must be removed. Services Offered Testing Notetaking Reader Services Transcription Technology Assistance Demonstration of technology to classes Physical Accommodations Disability Parking Special Testing Accommodations Students who qualify for this accommodation may be eligible for the following: – Extended time for exams & assignments – Low distracting testing environment – Scribe and/or reader for exams – Use of computer for exams – Alternate format for exams Notetaking Services Volunteer notetakers are recruited from the class. Volunteers take notes on NCR paper and give them to the student with a disability after class. Volunteers take notes and return them to the DS Office. The student with a disability picks up his/her notes from DS. Transcription Services Typically utilized by students who are deaf or hard of hearing –Tips for Faculty---- – Preferential seating-allow student to sit close to front of class. – Faculty member should try to avoid talking with their back to the class. – Explain what is being written on the board. – When questions are asked in class, it is helpful to repeat the questions before giving the answer. Reader Services Typically, the students who utilize this service are blind, visually impaired, learning disabled or have dyslexia. – Many texts are available on tape through RFB&D. – If texts are unavailable through RFB&D, DS makes arrangements to have the text read onto tape. – Four-track tape recorders can be checked out through DS. Technology Available Accessible workstations are currently available in various locations across the ASU campus. – A complete list of the technology available and the location of the accessible labs are in your handout “Assistive Technology”. Physical Accommodations DS works closely with Facilities Management to make sure the appropriate physical accommodations are in place. – Students request physical accommodations in his/her conference with the Director of DS. Examples of physical accommodations: Desk to accommodate wheelchair Special chair and/or table Modifications of facilities and grounds Campus Access Guide A copy of the Guide is in your packet of information; however, due to current construction, the Guide is not up-to-date. – The Guide contains: Accessible Entrances Accessible Restrooms & Water Fountains Accessible Elevators & Telephones Accessible Routes Wheelchair Barriers Parking DS works closely with Parking Services to make sure students & visitors to campus have adequate access to events, activities and parking. Faculty, staff and students may get their ASU hangtag from DS or Parking Services and “Tier 1” stickers from DS only. Tier 1-allows parking in disabled/faculty staff & commuter parking. Student’s Rights Every student with a documented disability has the following rights: – Equal access to courses, programs, services, jobs, activities, and facilities available through the University. – Reasonable and/or auxiliary aids determined on a case-by-case basis. – Appropriate confidentiality of all information pertaining to his/her disability with the choice of to whom to disclose their disability, except as required by law. Student’s Responsibilities Every student with a disability has the responsibility to: – Meet the University’s qualifications and essential technical, academic and institutional standards – Register with Disability Services – Self-identify in a timely manner – Provide appropriate documentation Responsibilities of Faculty Discuss with the DS contact person any concerns related to the accommodations or arrangements requested by the student. Provide appropriate accommodations, either personally or by making arrangements with DS. Ensure the confidentiality of information regarding students with disabilities. Tips for Faculty If a student with a disability does not approach you, approach the student to find out what accommodations will be helpful. Talk to students about possible course concerns during the term and encourage them to stay in touch. Do not discourage students from taking your course. If you foresee problems, discuss them, but let students make their own decisions. Tips for Faculty (cont.) When speaking to a deaf student with an interpreter, talk directly to the student, not the interpreter. Do not delve into the student’s medical history or inquire about his/her diagnosis. Treat the student with a disability as you would all other students in situations where disability is not an issue. Do not overcompensate by doing things for students with disabilities. Questions & Answers Why are some faculty letters from DS sent at the beginning of the term and some not until much later in the term? Why would two students with the same disability have different accommodations? Sometimes, there are students with obvious physical disabilities that do not have a special desk. Why is this? We appreciate your willingness to work with students with disabilities and to provide accommodations to students in the classroom.
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