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Working Together:. Faculty, Staff And Students With Disabilities . Increase in Number of Students with Disabilities Factors:. Survival Rate Technology K-12 Special Education Awareness . Presentation Outline. Legal Responsibilities Strategies Campus Resources.

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Working Together:

Faculty, Staff

And Students

With Disabilities

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Increase in Number of Students with DisabilitiesFactors:

Survival Rate


K-12 Special Education


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Presentation Outline

  • Legal Responsibilities

  • Strategies

  • Campus Resources

Handouts available on information table

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Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act & 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/ her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of a public entity.

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Otherwise Qualified :…meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation…

With or without

Reasonable modifications to rules, policies or practices;

Removal of architectural, communication or transportation barriers; or

Provision of auxiliary aids and services

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Person with a disability: any person who

has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working;

has a record of such an impairment; or

is regarded as having such an impairment.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

Loss of limbs

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Cerebral Palsy

Hearing Impairments

Visual Impairments

Speech Impairments

Specific Learning Disabilities

Head Injuries

Psychiatric Disorders




Examples of Disabilities

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Low visionBlindnessHearing ImpairmentsSpecific Learning DisabilitiesMobility ImpairmentsHealth Impairments

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Low Vision

  • Large print handouts, signs, equipment labels

  • TV monitor connected to microscope to enlarge images

  • Class assignments in electronic format

  • Computer with enlarged screen images

  • Seating where the lighting is best

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  • Audio-tape, Braille, or electronic lecture notes, handouts, texts

  • Describe visual aids

  • Raised-line drawings and tactile models of graphic materials

  • Adaptive lab equipment (e.g., tactile timers, talking thermometers, calculators, light probes)

  • Computers with optical character readers, voice output, Braille screen displays, printers

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Hearing Impairments

  • Interpreters, real-time captions, FM systems, note takers

  • Face student when speaking

  • Written assignments, lab instructions, demonstration summaries

  • Visual aids, visual warning systems for lab emergencies

  • Repeat questions and statements from other students

  • Electronic mail

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Specific Learning Disabilities

  • Note takers and/or audio-taped class sessions

  • Extra exam time; alternative testing arrangements

  • Visual, aural, and tactile demonstrations incorporated into instruction

  • Course and lecture outlines

  • Computers with voice output, spelling checkers, grammar checkers

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Mobility Impairments

  • Group assignments, note takers/scribes, lab assistants

  • Extra exam time, alternative testing arrangements

  • Classrooms, labs, field trips in accessible locations

  • Adjustable tables, lab equipment located within reach

  • Class materials in electronic formats

  • Computers with special input devices (e.g., voice, Morse code, alternative keyboards)

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Health Impairments

  • Note takers, audio-taped class sessions

  • Flexible attendance requirements

  • Extra exam time, alternative testing arrangements

  • Assignments in electronic formats

  • Electronic mail

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General Suggestions

  • Syllabus statement

  • Talk with student

  • Select materials early

  • Materials in electronic formats

  • Alternative testing arrangements

  • Use campus services

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Recommended Techniques for Addressing a Variety of Needs:

  • Visual, aural, and tactile demonstrations incorporated into instruction

  • Course and lecture outlines

  • Alternative testing arrangements

  • Addressing behavioral concerns in a

    non-judgmental way

  • Repeat questions and statements from other students

  • Group assignments and labs

  • Flexible attendance requirements

  • Stay consistent with your guidelines

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Student Development CenterServices for Students with Disabilities

  • Pre-admission Counseling

  • Student Learning Profile

  • Reasonable Accommodations

  • Campus and Classroom Accessibility Information

  • Liaison with College Services

  • Self-Advocacy Training

  • Process Tutoring/Learning Strategies

  • Content Tutoring

  • Learning Strategies Series

  • Academic/Career/Transfer Advisement

  • Adaptive Devices/Technology Services

  • Referral to Campus, Community & State Services

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The Language of Disabilities“Positive language empowers. When writing or speaking about people with disabilities it is important to put the person first.”

Handout available on information table

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