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Disability Support in Higher Education

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Jessica O'Brien

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Disability Support Services
in Higher Education

Presented by:
Jessica O'Brien
Disability Support at SUNY New Paltz and Marist College
New Paltz is located in New York's Hudson Valley region and covers 257 acres.
New Paltz traces its roots back to 1828, but was given full collegiate standing from New York in 1938.
New Paltz was founded in the study of liberal arts. Their legacy lies with their School of Education.
Their divisions include the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Science & Engineering, the School of Fine & Performing Arts, the School of Education, and the Graduate School.
There are 6, 685 undergraduate students and 1, 082 graduate students.
The motto in their mission is to learn, to search, and to serve. They value artistic exploration, openness, critical thinking, and civic engagement.
Diversity at New Paltz
74% White
14% Latino
5% African-American
5% Asian-Pacific
2% Multi Racial
International students from 59 foreign countries.
62% Female
38% Male
The student faculty ratio is 16:1.
92% of their classes have less than 40 students.
They have 105 undergraduate and 50 graduate programs.
Marist is also located in the Hudson Valley region and spans 210 acres, but is an independent institution governed by a board of trustees.
Marist was founded in 1929.
In their mission, they are dedicated to pursuing three ideals: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service
Marist is recognized for its use of technology in the learning process.
Marist has 44 Bachelor's programs, 12 Master's programs, and 21 certificate programs.
The tuition for a full time undergraduate student is $29, 500.
The student to faculty ratio is 15:1.

There are 4, 536 undergraduate students, 569 adult continuing education students, and 872 graduate students.
Diversity at Marist
58% Female
42% Male
58% White
31% Unknown
5% Hispanic
3% African American
2% Asian
The fee for a full time undergraduate student from NY state is $5,870 and the fee for an out of state student is $15, 320. (not including residential fees).
-SUNY New Paltz's Disability Resource Center offers a wide variety of services. They offer assistance to students with temporary or permanent disabilities. They are in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
-Goal: Assist students to become as independent as possible
-They assure students should be able to: 1) Identify their disability/functional limitations and assess what they may need, 2) Demonstrate self-advocacy for their needs 3) Make use of the services provided
-Cornerstones: Access, Advocacy, & Achievement
-Students need to meet with staff in order to assess their disability and submit documentation. Students may file
as disabled before attending New Paltz.
-Accommodated Testing Program

-Alternate Text Services

-Note Taking Services

-Specialist for Disability and Learning

-Support Services for students with Autism
Students deliver an Accommodation Memo to their instructors. Accommodations are based on disability documentation given to the DRC by the student. Some accommodations include extended time for exams, use of a reader or scribe, use of a computer for essay exams and or alternate location.
Alternate Text Services converts print material into a format that is more compatible to a student’s abilities in order to provide access to printed information.
Note taking services are available to students with hearing, visual, motor limitations or those who have learning/cognitive disabilities that significantly affect the ability to take notes in class.
One to one assistance with time management skills, organization skills, writing skills and other academic skills that will enhance the student’s academic potential.
Regularly scheduled individual appointments and through workshops focusing on interpersonal and academic skills.
Other services include:

Accessible Classrooms, Accessible On-campus Housing options, Assistance with Accessible Routes around campus, Training on Assistive Technology, Coordination of Sign Language Interpreters/Captioning Services, Liaison with ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation and CBVH (Commission for Blind and Visually Handicapped), Information on Disability and Higher Education, Support services for Veterans

Other campus services include:

Tutoring Services, Center for Student Development, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Student Health Center, Psychological Counseling Center, and the Career Resource Center

DRC Programs

Navigating New Paltz- orientation workshop for first-time and transfer students that educates students about DRC services

The DRC Peer Mentor Program- New students are given an opportunity connect with other students with disabilities.

The Physical Access Group- Comprised of students with physical disabilities, provides invaluable information on ways to enhance the accessibility of the campus.
Qualifying Students
1. Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory; genitourinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or

2. Any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.

A qualified individual with a disability is someone whose experience, education, and/or training enable the person, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential requirements of an academic course or program.
-Their staff includes a Director, an Access specialist, and a Keyboard specialist.
-They are located in the Student Union.
-Marist Special Services aims to provide individualized support to disabled students for greater independence in their college environment.
- The Office does not provide faculty with prior notification of a student's enrollment. Requests for academic accommodations are made directly by the student.
Who is eligible?
-Students may apply for Special Services by providing documentation to the office.
In general, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, e.g., walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself, and/or performing manual tasks.
The Office serves students who have disabilities such as, but not limited to, the following:

Attention deficit disorder
Blindness or visual impairments
Cerebral palsy
Chronic illnesses (AIDS, arthritis, cancer, cardiac disease, diabetes, Lyme disease, etc.)
Deafness or hearing impairments
Epilepsy or seizure disorders
Learning disabilities
Psychiatric disabilities
Orthopedic impairments
Speech disorders
Traumatic brain injury
-Extended Testing Time

-Separate Testing Location

-Readers and/or Scribes for Tests

-Use of a computer for written work

-Note taker for Lectures

-Tape recording of Lectures

-Materials in Alternate format

Designed to reduce the impact of a disability by allowing additional time for symbol recognition and decoding, cognitive processing, or to reduce stress.
A separate location for testing is designed to reduce the impact of a disability by reducing extraneous stimuli that compete with cognitive processing or cue a stress-related reaction. Testing is offered in an environment with reduced noise, light, and activity. A private testing room is available on a limited basis.
Readers and/or Scribes are helpful in reducing the impact of a disability by providing alternative forms of information assimilation and expression. Readers and scribes augment the symbol recognition and decoding skills of students with visual impairments or cognitive processing disabilities.
Spelling support is designed to reduce the impact of a disability by correctly sequencing information or improving memory recall of symbolic information.
Notetakers reduce the impact of a disability by providing support in the symbol recognition and decoding process in note taking to eliminate or reduce the latency in short-term cognitive processing, to decrease the physical fatigue of extended on-task activities, or to supplement a student's notes. Special Services recruits and trains notetakers.
Tape recording of lectures reduces the impact of a disability by providing a mechanism to review verbally presented material when short-term memory, cognitive processing, or visual impairments exist.
Copied materials or materials in alternate text (enlarged, Brailled, or electronic) reduces the impact of a disability by providing access to written material for individuals with visual, physical or cognitive processing difficulties.

Academic counseling (time management, organization and study skills, etc.), Advocacy and liaison with faculty/staff, Assistance with course selection/registration, Self-advocacy training, Refer for career counseling, Refer for peer tutoring, Refer for personal counseling, Refer to campus and community services
Other services include:
Adaptive Equipment

Available equipment includes: Victor Reader,Franklin Speller, Kurzweil reading technology, Text Help Read & Write Gold, Large display calculator, Perkins Brailler, SpeechPlus calculator, Dragon- Naturally Speaking
Learning Disabilities Support Program
Program Eligibility

Applicants to the Learning Disabilities Support Program should possess the following:

A documented learning disability /ADD/ADHD
Aptitude solidly in the average range
A college preparatory course of study
A commitment to work with a Learning Specialist
Admission to Marist

Students wishing to participate in the Learning Disabilities Support Program must apply to Marist College by submitting a regular application to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. In addition, a separate Application for the Learning Disabilities Support Program must be completed.
-Their website provides general information on disabilities, such as; learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, mobility & manual dexterity impairment, and psychological disabilities.
-The online site also includes a link to the Americans with Disabilities Act, manual for instructors, a video summary, and a pdf on assistant technologies in the classroom.
-Marist hosts a Learning Disability Open House each October and an Awareness Recognition Ceremony annually.
SUNY New Paltz
-specific mission statement with list of goals
-students may file as disabled before attending
-students are given an introduction to the center at their orientation
-DRC Peer Mentor Group and the Physical Access Group
-their website includes links to other campus related resources and off campus resources
-the disability office is located on the second floor and is not as accessible
-no specific mention of services for students with psychological disabilities other than university counseling
-there is limited staff

-they have a detailed list of different types of disabilities and resources on their website
-they have an introduction video on their website
-assistance for alumni entering the work force
-Awareness Recognition Ceremony and Learning Disabilities support program
-list of comprehensive technology
-the location and the staff are not listed on their website
-the disability office is located on the second floor and is not as accessible
-no opportunity for students who receive services to interact

About new paltz. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.newpaltz.edu/about/
At a glance. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.newpaltz.edu/about/glance.html
About marist. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.marist.edu/about/
Welcome to the disability resource center. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.newpaltz.edu/drc/
Special services. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.marist.edu/specialservices/
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