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The State University of New York

Operation Inform

Assisting Students with Special Needs

Cobleskill

September 24, 2004


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The State University of New York

Operation Inform

State University of New York wants your students!

Committed to access and equal opportunity

Intent is to level the playing field

Does not require institutions to alter requirements for admission or graduation.

Provides services and aids for accommodation

Reasonable accommodations provide access, not a guarantee of success.


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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

States that any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance may not discriminate against any individual with a disability in the United States


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Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Prohibits state and local governments from discriminating on the basis of disability

States that a public entity shall furnish appropriate aids and services where necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, a service, program or activity conducted by a public entity.


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Examples of Types of Disabilities

Learning Disability

Physical Disability

Brain Injury

Psychiatric Needs

ADD/ADHD


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Secondary Schools and Colleges are different

Laws, processes and procedures differ

Parents rights are different

Locations of learning are different

Teachers roles are different


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Secondary Schools

Law protects students’ rights to a free and appropriate education

Guaranteed right to education until student graduates or meets the goals of IEP

School is responsible for providing students with a good education and special help is scheduled into the program

School is responsible for evaluation and developing an educational plan

School is required to provide services and document students use of the services


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Colleges

Law protects right to an accessible education

Provides access, not the education

Different Laws: ADA Title II and Section 504

Allowed to apply, need to meet institutions admissibility

Student is responsible for seeking and using accommodations

Student is responsible for obtaining evaluation and developing their plan

College communicates with student: not parents!

Students must be their own advocates


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The College Admissions Process

The student should apply through the Application Services Center or Admissions Office

Some schools ask for self identification on the application – some do not – but it can not be a mandatory question

Notify the Disabilities Services Office of your situation and request information about services

Provide appropriate and current documentation about the disability (see next slide)

Meet with the disabilities coordinator to discuss accommodations


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Required Documentation

Must be comprehensive and current – less than three years old – and must include diagnosis

May describe accommodations and provide rationale

IEP’s, triennial reports and 504 plans are NOT considered appropriate documentation

Must be prepared by an appropriate professional: medical doctor, psychologist, or other qualified diagnostician

The College/University will not pay for the updating of required documents


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Types of Accommodation

Taped texts, notetakers, sign-language interpreters, readers, videotext displays, television enlargers, talking calculators, electronic readers, Braille calculators, printers and typewriters, telephone handset amplifiers, closed-caption decoders, open and closed captioning, voice synthesizers, specialized gym equipment.

Calculators or keyboards with oversized buttons, reaching devices, raised-line drawing kits, Assistive listening systems, untimed or extended-time testing, exam scribing, special parking, van service, special seating at events, support groups, study skills sessions


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Success Stories

Brian Gatto. Diagnosed with ADD in elementary school and told he shouldn’t think about going to college…but as a champion wrestler a college recruited him, he received accommodations … achieved great success!

Received two undergraduate degrees… a BS in Psych, BA in Business

Is attending Columbia Law School this fall


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Success Stories

Student at Plattsburgh. Enrolled through a special program and worked very hard to achieve. Secured an internship with the NYS legislature in Albany …very productive and fulfilling and encouraged him to apply to law school.

One of the first in the state to use accommodations for the bar exam.. Passed and is now working in the DA’s office in Syracuse.


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Success Stories

Gary Chan. BS in mechanical engineering

Native of Hong Kong but raised in NYC… hit in the eyes with a baseball as a child and diagnosed with juvenile retinitis which caused immediate blindness.

Enthusiastic learner… did research with renowned researcher Ron Miles who studies fly’s ears to develop new hearing aids.

Will participate in Teach America this fall where he will teach math in the Bronx


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Where to get more info

Guidebook for the Applicant with Disability (every 2 years) by the State University of New York / System Administration / Office of University Life

Colleges’ Web sites

Office of Civil Rights: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition .html

Section 504 and Title II: www.ed/gov/about offices/list/ocr/docs/auxaid.html

Western NY collegiate consortium of Disability Advocate’s document: www.ccdanet.org/differenceschart.html


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Conclusion

SUNY wants your students!

Encourage your students to investigate the college choices…they need to be comfortable about the ‘fit’

Every college is required to offer accommodations to level the playing field. And they all have specialists who want to help

Our students succeed!


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