The State University of New York Operation Inform Assisting Students with Special Needs Cobleskill September 24, 2004 The State University of New York Operation Inform State University of New York wants your students! Committed to access and equal opportunity
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Assisting Students with Special Needs
September 24, 2004
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.
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
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.
Examples of Types of Disabilities
Secondary Schools and Colleges are different
Laws, processes and procedures differ
Parents rights are different
Locations of learning are different
Teachers roles are different
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
Thank you for attending!