Diversity and Engagement: Effectively Serving Students with Disabilities

Venue: online

Location: online,

Event Date/Time: Aug 19, 2009 End Date/Time: Aug 19, 2009
Report as Spam


Diversity and Engagement: Effectively Serving Students with Disabilities 19 August 2009 online NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event. The number of students with disabilities enrolling in higher education is on the increase. Higher education professionals need up-to-date knowledge and competencies to effectively serve students with disabilities. This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the disability services environment. Participants will be able to ask questions and make comments throughout the presentation, as well as share best practices and ideas with other participating institutions. Questions that will be addressed: *Who are students with disabilities, and how is disability an aspect of diversity? *What concepts guide the campus response to disabled students? What are current trends in the field? *What federal regulations do you need to be in compliance with? *What are some transitional challenges for students with disabilities and how are they the same or different for other students? *Who should be involved in the development and implementation of services for students with disabilities? What are the specific roles and responsibilities of those involved? *What institutional policies do you already have in place that support students with disabilities? *How do you train faculty and staff to effectively work with students with disabilities? *How do you create an accessible and welcoming environment on campus for all students? *How do we effectively communicate with students with disabilities? *How can institutions of higher education help students with disabilities deal with their multiple identities? *How do you know your services are working? Which assessment strategies and tools are most effective? Who Should Attend? • 2 and 4 year institutions • Vice Presidents and Deans • Professionals who work with students with disabilities • Advisors and Counselors • Faculty and Staff • Retention Experts • Anyone who has a passion for helping students succeed Panelists: Dr. Bea Awoniyi, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Student Disability Resource Center at The Florida State University, has been a disability service professional for more than 20 years. One of the founding members of the organizations Diversity Initiative, Bea was the chair and co-chair of the Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Disability (REDD) special interest group of AHEAD and now serves on the AHEAD Board of Directors. She is also NASPAs DisAbility Concerns Knowledge Community representative for Region III. Richard Allegra is the Director of Professional Development at the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). He has worked as an Accessibility Specialist and Director in disability services offices at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was responsible for ensuring campus compliance with state and federal regulations. Prior to his work in higher education, he was a rehabilitation counselor for blind, deaf, and deaf-blind individuals with several San Francisco Bay Area organizations. Melanie Thompson currently serves as the Director of Learning Assistance Programs and Disability Support Services at Southeast Missouri State University. Ms. Thompson provides overall leadership and management for both programs including hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff, budget management, program development, planning and evaluation. Ms. Thompson serves as a consultant for the faculty and staff at Southeast regarding ADA and Section 504 compliance for students with disabilities. Ms. Thompson has taught at Southeast Missouri State University and at the University of New Orleans. Additionally, Ms. Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Prior to her career in Higher Education, Ms. Thompson worked in the public sector with adolescents and adults with long term mental health issues. Ms. Thompson has presented programs and seminars on myriad topics at the local, state and national level. Most recently, Ms. Thompson presented on diversity in higher education for AHEAD and NASPA, and presented on women in higher education and on at-risk students for ACPA. Ms. Thompson is the current publications co-chair for the ACPA Standing Committee on Disability, and has been published through state and national outlets. Enquiries: pam@ieinfo.org