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 Explain the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended and its impact on the college  Explain why we provide accommodations  Explain how faculty should.

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2  Explain the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended and its impact on the college  Explain why we provide accommodations  Explain how faculty should respond to a request for accommodations

3  Full implementation March 2011  States that the definition of disability shall be construed in favor of broad coverage of individuals, to the maximum extent permitted by the ADA  Expands the definition of “major life activity” to include additional activities. Also changes the law to allow that limitation of only one major life activity can be considered a disability

4  Any person who 1. Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity 2. Has a record of such an impairment, or 3. Is regarded as having such an impairment

5  It is easier for a student to qualify as an individual with a disability  Documentation requirements have changed – a comprehensive interview with the student may be enough to document disability – previously needed specific documentation from a third party professional

6  The Office of Civil Rights and Department of Justice will be looking more closely at us for compliance  It will be easier for a student to file a grievance and to win his/her case than in previous years

7 ,282  Autism20  Deaf/Hard of Hearing45  Mental/Psychological316  Physical106  Specific Learning Disorder606  Speech/Language 13  Traumatic Brain Injury 12  Visual 56  Other108

8  With more emphasis on technology, e.g. online application and registration, use of websites, etc. an increasing number of students require special assistance  The college is focusing efforts on accessibility for all students in the design and development of technology uses

9  In the past few years there have been several lawsuits brought to the Department of Justice regarding inaccessible technology, especially by the National Federation of the Blind  Florida State University was fined $ 150,000 for inaccessible math courses and Penn State University was given a year to make all their processes accessible

10  Campus DR Specialist will assign accommodations based on student’s disability  Student will present accommodation sheet to Instructor at the beginning of the semester  Instructor may discuss how to provide accommodations with student but may not ask the student the nature of his or her disability

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13  Clearwater: Jeff Zeigler  Downtown/Midtown/Epi:  TJ Williams  HEC: Stefanie Silvers  Seminole: Aimee Stubbs  St. Petersburg/Gibbs/AllState: Ray Hollowell   Tarpon Springs: Barbara Thompson  College-wide Director: Peg Connell  Online Accessibility Technician: Mary Deschamps,

14  Disability Resources Department website: x.htm x.htm  Disability Awareness Project website – variety of video workshops and other resources:

15  Print and keep for reference: Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Faculty Guide. Found on Disability Awareness website


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