Services for Students with Disabilities General P resentation. Take Away Messages. - Clarify the mission of SSD. - Assurance that the central mission of SSD is adequately funded and SSD staff is doing an excellent job.
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UM officially recognized the Office of Disabled Student Services in February of 1974. Five months after the passage of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act which included a section (#504) for the protection of individuals with disabilities in institutions receiving any type of federal assistance. In 1989, the office changed its name to Services for Students with Disabilities to reflect a more student centered approach.
Throughout SSD’s history it has played a prominent role in advocating for students with disability issues at the state, national and international levels. Some of the accomplishments of directors both past and present include: President of the international organization known as the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD); President of the Michigan chapter of AHEAD; design and implementation of the professional standards used to assess postsecondary disability services worldwide; contributed to writing the national documentation guidelines for learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and mental health disabilities; current members of the editorial board of the international peer reviewed journal: Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disabilities;
instrumental in passing a piece of legislation known as the “Barbara Bill” which made it Michigan law that print publishers must provide electronic versions of books to institutions of higher education to make them accessible to the students with vision and reading disabilities; established one of the first adaptive computing labs and in concert with the Provost’s office established a fund to support mandated accommodations the cost of which would overwhelm the resources of the SSD office. This fund is one of the first of its kind and has become a model used nationwide.
The mission of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities. We share information, promote awareness of disability issues, and provide support of a decentralized system of access for students within the University community.
1. General Fund- Since 2007 this budget has been cut 1.5% every year. Which means a cut of $7500 every year and these cuts will continue for the immediate future. Once salaries and benefits are accounted for in 2007 SSD had an operating budget of $32,000. Our operating budget for this academic year is $18,000.
ADA Provost Fund- Covers all ADA mandated academic accommodations not covered by the general fund, this means (depending on the year) an additional $300,000- $700,000.
For the first time in SSD’s history there is funding opportunities for every disability group: (These are primarily gifts for the purchase of adaptive technology, tutoring or a student’s own professional development)
In the December of 2013- SSD closed out gifts commitments totaling $277,000
Gifts of $50,000 and $150,000 for students with LD.
A gift of $75,000 for students who stutter or have speech dysfluency.
A gift of $2000 for the purchase of emergency medical equipment given to SSD by CSG.
These gifts are on top of established funds like the Miller Fund, FACT fund, Samet Fund and Web Fund.