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Supporting ADA Accommodations: Manageable Solutions for Faculty Webinar


Tuesday, October 23, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
David Dubinsky Student Center, Room A336

A student hands you a slip of paper from the Office of Disability Support with an accommodation request for the student now what? How might you be able to help the student? Does she really need extra time on an exam? Is offering an alternative assignment a good idea? How do you decide what is reasonable for any one student?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has established a process for students with disabilities to seek help from their academic institutions. Reasonable accommodations may involve more test time, note-takers and alternative assignments. While these accommodations are helpful for many students, they can be difficult for faculty. This Webinar will give faculty the information and ideas necessary to support students with disabilities in their academic pursuits. Participants will discuss the following ten areas in a solution-focused manner:

What is a disability?
The application and review process for ADA services.
What are reasonable and unreasonable accommodations?
The dangers of beginning but not completing an accommodation.
How to handle mid-semester requests.
Accommodations for extended test time.
Accommodations for note-takers.
Common accommodations for Aspergers syndrome.
How to handle technology and access requests.
Good ADA accommodations ideas for everyone.

The Office of Disability Support Service, FIT-ABLE, will be available to answer questions after the webinar.

Webinar speaker Dr. Brian Van Brunt has worked in counseling for over fifteen years. He served as director of counseling at New England College (2001-2007) and currently works as director of counseling and testing at Western Kentucky University. Brian was the president of the American College Counseling Association (2010-2011). He has taught graduate classes in counseling theory, ethics, testing and assessment and program evaluation, as well as undergraduate classes in adjustment and personal growth, deviance and counseling theory.

If you require any accommodations for this event, please contact The Office of Disability Support Services, FIT-ABLE, at 212 217.4090 or