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Equal Opportunity for students with disabilities

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									Professional Development Strategies to
    Promote Equal Opportunity for
       Students with Disabilities


              Phillip Rumrill
               Clis Stauffer
             Linnea Carlson

          Kent State University
        Trends in Higher Education
        and Disability
   Enrollment rates triple since 1978
   7% of American students have documented
    disabilities
   Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
       Titles II & III of the Americans with Disabilities Act
        (ADA)
   Services and supports rapidly expanding
   Increased federal funding
   Increased number of employees with disabilities
Postsecondary Students with
Disabilities…
   Have slightly lower academic performance
    than non-disabled students
   Drop out at higher rates
   Take longer to complete their degrees
   Report fewer friends on campus and less
    social capital
   Believe that faculty and administrators are
    accepting of their needs but lack specific
    knowledge of disability issues
Concerns of Students with
Disabilities
   Funding                     Asking for help
   Independent                 Internships/Co-ops
    living/Housing              Access to technology
   Choosing a major            Access to health care
   Social relationships        Employment after
   Reactions of other           graduation
    students/Reactions of
    instructors
   Transportation
   Physical accessibility
Employment and a College
Education
   College graduates have $1,000,000 greater
    lifetime earning potential than those who
    never attended college
   A college graduate with a disability is 4-6
    times more likely to be employed than a
    person with a disability who never attended
    college
   College graduates with disabilities are 8 to 12
    times more likely to be unemployed than
    non-disabled college graduates
Faculty & Administrator
Concerns
   Information regarding          Students with
    disabling conditions            psychiatric disabilities
   Disability etiquette           Resources – on and off
   Responsibility to provide       campus
    accommodations                 Legal liability
   Equity of                      Technical
    accommodations                  assistance/use of
   Academic                        technology
    integrity/adherence to
    standards
Faculty & Administrators’ Questions
Regarding Students with Disabilities

   Who are they and what are their needs?
   Technical assistance, services, and
    resources?
   Disability issues in a broader societal
    context?
Overview of the Access to Quality
Higher Education Project
   Faculty & Administrator Mentoring Program
   Distinguished Lecture Series on Universal
    Design for Instruction
   Faculty & Administrator Professional
    Development Institute
   Faculty & Administrator Learning Community
    on Disability Issues
   Classroom Accommodation Network
   Employability Day
Faculty & Administrator
Mentoring Program
   College students with disabilities are
    paired with university faculty &
    administrators in their areas of
    concentration for mutually beneficial
    discussion
   Two semi-structured meetings provide
    an introduction to the program and its
    purpose
Faculty & Administrator
Mentoring Program Topics
    Academic advisement
    Career exploration and planning
    Professional networking
    Classroom accommodations
    Disability resources on and off campus
    Internship/Externship/Co-op opportunities
    Faculty & Administrator
    Mentoring Program Topics (cont.)
   Mutual research and/or professional interests
   Professional associations, especially student
    organizations
   Graduate school
   Jobs after graduation
   Other areas of interest or concern
Distinguished Lecture Series:
Universal Design for Instruction
(UDI)
   Bring one national leader in UDI to the
    Kent State University campus each year
   One day workshop for 75-100 faculty
    members, administrators, student
    disability service staff members, and
    students with disabilities
   Apply UDI principles to specific course
    content and assignments
Professional Development Institute
(PDI)

   Conducted for one week during the
    summer with 20 university faculty and
    administrators
   Invited speakers lead open discussions
    on the following issues:
PDI Topics
   Faculty, administrator and student
    perspectives
   Our (KSU) population
   Student disability services and
    accommodation process
   Vignettes of issues in higher education
   Broad issues of disability and culture
   Abilities and accommodations
   Universal design
   Effective teaching
PDI Topics (cont.)
   Media portrayals of people with
    disabilities
   Panel of effective and experienced
    faculty
   Evolution of disability rights movement
   Legal issues and the ADA
   Technology
Faculty Learning Community
(FLC) on Disability Issues
   The FLC is composed of faculty, administrators, staff,
    undergraduate and graduate students
   Improve awareness of how to facilitate a positive
    transition to higher education for students with
    disabilities
   Increase members’ self-efficacy in implementing
    classroom accommodations and using assistive
    technology
   Equip faculty members with a repertoire of Universal
    Design for Instruction techniques
   Involve members in enhancing career preparation of
    students with disabilities while they are in school
Classroom Accommodation
Network (CAN)
   Respond to queries from higher
    education faculty and administrators
    regarding students with disabilities
   Deliver technical assistance on matters
    of classroom accommodation:
       1-888-677-5009
       www.classaccommodation.org
Employability Day Program
   Youth with disabilities are less likely than their non-
    disabled peers to engage in part-time jobs after
    school or summers
   They under-explore their career opportunities while
    in high school and college
   Students with disabilities are over-represented in jobs
    whose requirements fall below their qualifications,
    jobs unrelated to their degree, and temporary and
    part-time jobs
   Students with disabilities may need assistance
    convincing themselves that employment and career
    success are viable and realistic goals
Employability Day Program
(cont.)
   Bring faculty, staff, and community
    members together for career-related
    interventions
       Employment Laws and Policies
       Self-Advocacy Training
       Mentoring from Faculty Members and
        Business Leaders
       Job-Seeking Skills and Interview Skills
        Training
Employability Day Strategy


   Accommodations Planning Team
    (APT) Seminar
APT Format
   Team Format
       Student with a disability
       Employer in area of interest
       Rehabilitation professional
       Technology specialist
       6 to 8 teams total
Employability Day Objective
   Jump start job seeking planning
   Reason: 66% unemployment rate
   Majority want to work
   Stubborn statistic for over 30 years
APT Sequence
   Step 1: Identify congruent job options
   Step 2: Strengthen job interview skills
   Step 3: Identify barriers to productivity
    and feasible accommodations
   Step 4: Understand protections and
    provisions in the Americans with
    Disabilities Act (ADA)
   Step 5: Organize the job search
Thank you.

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