The 2013 Disability Awareness week was a success. Thanks in large part to the presenters of our sessions. Sessions at the 2013 Disability Awareness Week included:
The New Face of the ADA: The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments
Presented by Linda Casalina, M.A., Assistant Director of Disability Services
- This presentation explained the changes that have occurred within disability law and how they will impact on the identification of students with disabilities as well as the delivery of disability accommodations.
- Tuesday, February 5. 2013, 11:00 am, MC 146
Returning Veterans: Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD
Presented by Pat Hall, MSN, CNS, Operation Iraqi Freedom
- This information session informed people about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how these diagnoses influence students in the college setting. The common issues for students with these diagnoses and the best way to facilitate their success in college settings was discussed.
- Tuesday, February 5, 2013 1:00 pm, MC 146
Open House for the New Adaptive Technology Lab
Presented by: Glen Goodman, PhD, OTR/L, Professor/Director of CSU’s Occupational Therapy Program, and Jeff Dell, Assistive Technology Specialist, Office of Disability Services
- This session presented some of the technology that would be in the new Assistive Technology Lab when it opened. The presentation was outside of the lab because construction was behind schedule.
- Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:00 pm, RT 103 Adaptive Technology Lab
Creating Accessible Documents
Presented by Jeff Dell, Assistive Technology Specialist
- This was a demonstration on how to create accessible documents (documents that can be accessed using assistive technology) including Word documents, PDFs, and PowerPoints. Individuals who utilize assistive technology often include people who are blind/visually impaired, have learning disabilities influencing reading comprehension, and/ or have other disabilities or medications that influence their ability to concentrate and sustain attention.
- Wednesday, February 6, 2013 11:00 am MC 146
Play Some Games with Us
Presented by Jeff Dell, Assistive Technology Specialist, Office of Disability Services
- People were able to play interactive video games on our Tap-IT touch screen, interact with games using a variety of switches, and play games using only your hearing.
- Wednesday. February 6, 2013, 12:00 noon, Main Classroom Atrium
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services: BVR
Presented by Jeff Zola, BVR Counselor
- Learn more about this governmental service whose goal is to promote independence and self-sufficiency for Ohio citizens with disabilities. The presentation explained how BVR assists individuals with disabilities to acquire personal habits, attitudes and skills (including social skills) to function effectively on the job, develop work habits and understanding of the work world, learn ways to adjust for the loss of bodily or sensory function, increase work tolerance and to provide assistance in job placement, resume development and practice interviews.
- Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 2:00 pm, MC 146
Invisible Disabilities: ADHD and Learning Disabilities
Presented by Wendy Spitz, MSSA, Learning Disabilities Associates, LLC
- Wendy talked about specific learning disabilities and the impact that they can have on student learning. Specific learning disabilities were described as well as strategies for assisting students in the learning process. Wendy also gave demonstrations where people could experience what it was like for students with learning disabilities.
- Thursday, February 7, 2013, 11:00 am, MC 146
How to Handle Disruptive Students
Panel Discussion including: Valerie Hinton-Hanna, Assistant Dean of Students/ Judicial Affairs Officer, Officer Beverly Pettry, CSU Crime Prevention Officer, Kelly King, Asst. Counsel, Office of University Counsel, Jan Wheaton, PhD, Associate Director for Counseling and Testing and Kristen Knepp, M.S. Counseling Intern
- Disruptions in the classroom are inevitable, however, when they come from students who interrupt class, are aggressive or confrontational interventions must be made to maintain an environment conducive to learning. Strategies on how to address and defuse volatile situations were discussed.
- Thursday, February 7, 2013, 1:00 pm, MC 146