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1 Disability and Diversity Edinboro University of PA AAC&U Diversity October 20, 2006

2 ADA and Section 504 No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, …. shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance….. No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, …. shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…..

3 What does this mean? Otherwise qualified -Were they admitted or should they be admitted based upon the same criteria used for all students? Otherwise qualified -Were they admitted or should they be admitted based upon the same criteria used for all students? Person with a disability -Physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life function (walking, talking seeing, hearing, learning, etc.) Person with a disability -Physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life function (walking, talking seeing, hearing, learning, etc.) Federal financial assistance -all areas Federal financial assistance -all areas

4 What is Access? First, the individual is qualified to participate in a program First, the individual is qualified to participate in a program Second, barriers have been removed to level the playing field (physical and administrative) Second, barriers have been removed to level the playing field (physical and administrative) Third, support in place to ameliorate students chances of success Third, support in place to ameliorate students chances of success

5 Access Success Our mission is to provide opportunity for all students to engage in everything the University has to offer. Our mission is to provide opportunity for all students to engage in everything the University has to offer. Every engagement will not be successful Every engagement will not be successful Sometimes students dont meet the standard and… Sometimes students dont meet the standard and… Sometimes we miss the standard! Sometimes we miss the standard!

6 Not everything is Perfect! I thought this might not I thought this might not be the best place for that be the best place for that flag pole! flag pole!

7 Another view of Diversity Edinboro University does not consider disability services a priority! Edinboro University does not consider disability services a priority! Unlike some views on Diversity, Edinboro University looks to a more inclusive model Unlike some views on Diversity, Edinboro University looks to a more inclusive model We include our community off-campus too. We include our community off-campus too.

8 Why Edinboro University? Faculty, Staff & Administration Support Faculty, Staff & Administration Support Long term planning Long term planning Physical plant updates (Universal Design) Physical plant updates (Universal Design) Flat Campus Flat Campus Unfulfilled need by VR services Unfulfilled need by VR services Fulfill mission of University Fulfill mission of University Snow Snow

9 Support Services 24/7 Personal Care Services 24/7 Personal Care Services Lift Transportation Services Lift Transportation Services Wheelchair Maintenance Wheelchair Maintenance Academic Aides Academic Aides Meal Aides Meal Aides Alternate Testing Services Alternate Testing Services Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy

10 Support Services Cont. Adapted Athletics Adapted Athletics Adapted Intramurals & Recreational Sports Adapted Intramurals & Recreational Sports Learning Disability Mentoring Learning Disability Mentoring Tactile Services Tactile Services Interpreter Services (also captioning) Interpreter Services (also captioning) OVR/BVS Counseling OVR/BVS Counseling Books in alternate format Books in alternate format

11 Services Outside OSD Financial Aid (VR, scholarships) Financial Aid (VR, scholarships) Police/Safety Police/Safety Maintenance/Construction Maintenance/Construction Academic Departments Academic Departments Housing Housing Financial Services Financial Services VR services (especially out of state) VR services (especially out of state)

12 Services Outside OSD Cont. Medicaid for the State of Vermont Medicaid for the State of Vermont Student Government Association Student Government Association Admissions (open house and prospective student meetings) Admissions (open house and prospective student meetings) Financial Operations (billing/fee schedule) Financial Operations (billing/fee schedule) Human Resources (OSD and others) Human Resources (OSD and others) Public performances (ALD, SLI, Braille, etc.) Public performances (ALD, SLI, Braille, etc.)

13 Things to Highlight Accomplishments Delta Alpha Pi Delta Alpha Pi Adapted Athletics Adapted Athletics Books written by Students Books written by Students Artworks by Students Artworks by Students This is to be read accomplishments by students not for them This is to be read accomplishments by students not for them

14 How to be Inclusive Transportation Transportation Renovations to facilities Renovations to facilities Policies and Administrative Practices (emergency procedures, accommodations appeal, how to request accommodations, privacy issues, etc.) Policies and Administrative Practices (emergency procedures, accommodations appeal, how to request accommodations, privacy issues, etc.) Communications (TDD, computers, internet, print, etc.) Communications (TDD, computers, internet, print, etc.)

15 What does it mean for Diversity? Disability accommodations are not extra, they are part of what we do Disability accommodations are not extra, they are part of what we do Accessibility is a consideration in every decision on campus Accessibility is a consideration in every decision on campus Decide if you emphasize disability as an aspect of diversity or just an aspect of every day life. Decide if you emphasize disability as an aspect of diversity or just an aspect of every day life.

16 Impact of Diversity What Edinboro University does for students with disabilities has an immediate and long term impact on those individual students What Edinboro University does for students with disabilities has an immediate and long term impact on those individual students What Edinboro University does for students who do not have a disability has perhaps a greater long term impact on the world What Edinboro University does for students who do not have a disability has perhaps a greater long term impact on the world How can you afford not to be diverse? How can you afford not to be diverse?

17 Questions now and later I always have an opinion! If you dont believe me, ask!! I always have an opinion! If you dont believe me, ask!! Bob McConnell, Director Bob McConnell, Director Office for Students with Disabilities Office for Students with Disabilities Edinboro University of PA Edinboro University of PA Edinboro, PA Edinboro, PA (814) v/tdd (814) v/tdd

18 My Colleagues have Opinions too! Dr. Pearl Bartelt, Provost Dr. Pearl Bartelt, Provost (814) (814) Dr. Gerald Kiel, Vice President Dr. Gerald Kiel, Vice President Student Affairs and Student Success Student Affairs and Student Success (814) (814)

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