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ACCOMMODATIONS. Dann Trainer University of Minnesota - Disability Services AHEAD/ pepnet 2 Conference, New Orleans, LA July 12, 2012. Agenda. What is reasonable accommodation? Documentation Intake meeting Common Accommodations Deaf Hard of Hearing Other possible accommodations

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  2. Dann Trainer University of Minnesota - Disability Services AHEAD/pepnet 2 Conference, New Orleans, LA July 12, 2012

  3. Agenda • What is reasonable accommodation? • Documentation • Intake meeting • Common Accommodations • Deaf • Hard of Hearing • Other possible accommodations • Support Systems • Questions

  4. What is reasonable? • Reasonable accommodations are individualized and flexible, based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment • An accommodation is a modification that is made to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that eliminates or minimizes disability-related barriers. • Section 504 and ADA

  5. Documentation • Provide a diagnosis of the condition • Explain how the condition “substantially limits” one or more major life activities • Information need to be recent and explain how the condition impacts the way the person function in the academic environment • Help you and student to determine the accommodation(s) for student to receive

  6. Documentation of Hearing Loss • Audiogram • Additional information about the hearing loss from the audiologist (might need ROI depends upon the information needed) • Your working relationship with audiologist/audiology clinic Helpful documentation: • IEP (Individual Educational Plan) • 504 plan • Letter of accommodations from other college if student transferred to your college/university

  7. Intake Meeting

  8. Beyond Audiogram: Intake Meeting • Important to be aware • Hearing loss history • Communication mode and style • Learning style • Devices being used both at school and home • The IEP • Helpful tool to discuss and understand student’s experiences and skills during the meeting • Accommodations/previous experience

  9. Important to consider Academic Skills • Reading • Writing • Math • Study • Time Management • Self-advocacy & disclosure • Negotiation • Others

  10. Differences between High School & College/University • High Schools • Students are delivered to the service • Case Manager and/or parent advocate for student • There is regular contact with parents • Student’s time is structured by others • Homework may involve 1-2 hours per day • Teachers often correct homework and it becomes part of the grading process • Teachers remind students of incomplete work • Teachers approach students if they believe the student needs assistance • Teachers remind students of due dates • Tests are frequent and cover small amounts of course material • Colleges/Universities • Students must seek out service • Students act as their own advocate • Must have Release of Information form signed by student to communicate with parents • Student manages their own time • Rule of Thumb: 2 hours study time for each hour of class • Instructors may not check homework but will assume students can perform the same tasks on tests • Instructors may not remind student about due dates • Instructors are usually open and helpful, but expect student to initiate for assistance • Instructors expect students to follow the course syllabus • Tests may be few and cover large amounts of materials * Be aware of variety of class formats

  11. Accommodations

  12. Common Accommodations for Deaf Students • Interpreting Services: • Sign Language • Oral • Cued Speech • Peer and/or paid note takers • Live-Captioning services (i.e. CART) • Captions (closed, open, or Subtitled for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (SDH)) for DVD, video-clips in course’s website especially YouTube, etc.

  13. Sign Language and Communication Systems • American Sign Language (ASL) • Signed Exact English (SEE) • Pidgin Signed English (PSE) • Cued Speech • Manual Coded English (MCE) • Rochester Method – all finger spelling

  14. Common Accommodations for Hard of Hearing Students • Interpreting services: • Oral • Cued Speech • ASL, PSE,…. • Peer and/or paid note takers • Live-Captioning services (i.e. CART) • Captions (closed, open, SDH) for DVD, video-clips in course’s website especially YouTube, etc. • Assistive Listening Devices re: FM system • Portable speaker system • Instructor repeat the student’s question or comment

  15. Other Possible Accommodations • Feedback sessions with professors • Information/Referral of Tutoring Services and/or study group related to the course • Extended time for exams • Private or semi-private room for exams • Interpreters for exams (instructions and questions to professors during exams) • Advance copy of syllabus and/or reading and/or writing assignment schedule • Early/Priority registration if using interpreting and/or captioning services

  16. Support Systems

  17. In the Classroom • Lecture Format • Discussions/ Group Projects • Presentation Format • Independent/Individual Studies • Online/Distance Learning if related to in-class assignments or projects • Size of the class – Large vs. Small

  18. Out of Classroom • Field trips • Workshops/seminars • Group work/projects and group-meetings • One to one meeting with professors, staff, etc. • Campus activities – sports, clubs, guest speaker • Internship/Co-op, work-study • Orientation • Graduation ceremony • Online/Distance Learning (100% on-line)

  19. Math, Reading, and Writing Skills • Tutoring/Consulting Services • Same tutor/consultant for the semester • Time extension for appointment due to communication aspects of using interpreting or captioning services • Study group or mentor with team leader • Time management skills

  20. Housing on campus (dorm, apartment,…) • What can your college/university’s housing facilities offer? • Doorbell light-flashing equipment • Light flashing and/or loud ringer for fire/smoke alarms in room (not hall) • Video Phone access • Interpreting and/or Captioning services for housing’s meetings, activities, etc. • Media captioning • CapTel phone equipment for hard of hearing

  21. On Campus Employment and Study Abroad • Accommodations for work and study related to college/university’s program for student’s major or graduation requirement • Credit-earning from college/university • Non-university related employment: Collaboration with college/university’s Employee Services and/or Career Services

  22. Socialization • Dorm/Residence • ASL House (UMN) • Student Organizations • College/university activities • Community activities • Number of D/HH/DB students in college/university • Resources (collaboration, networking) • Self-advocacy and other necessary skills!

  23. Collaborations & Relationships • Interpreters • Captioners • Academic Advisor • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor • Financial support (Financial Aid, Scholarship) • Audiology clinic on your campus or community

  24. Don’t Forget About: Additional Disabilities • An additional disability means additional accommodation(s) upon a case-by-case basis • If a student has more than one disability, he/she will need to provide current diagnostic information and contact information of the medical provider(s) for each condition Example: Deaf and depression These are two different disabilities and need to determine accommodations for deaf-related, depression-related and some may overlap with each other

  25. Unique Situations

  26. Questions or Comment to share

  27. Contact Information • Daniel O. Trainer, M.A. “Dann” • Disability Specialist • University of Minnesota - Disability Services • McNamara Alumni Center - Suite 180 • 200 Oak Street S. E. • Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 • Phone/VP: 651-964-1444 • Fax: 612-626-9654 • E-mail: train042@umn.edu • Web: http://ds.umn.edu

  28. THANK YOU!

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