ERIC Number: ED413001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Americans with Disabilities Act Continuing Education Self-Evaluation Study.
Armstrong, William B.; Lewis, Mary; Neault, Lynn C.
In 1997, the San Diego Community College District conducted a self-evaluation study of their continuing education programs to assess the program's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ten focus groups revealed their knowledge and views of the ADA. Students cited the availability of special instructional accommodations, but noted the lack of emergency telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) services. Administrators felt that an ADA training session was needed. They cited some necessary improvements of facilities, though most felt that the architecture and programs were accessible. Staff held divergent views on the status of ADA implementation, though there was a general consensus that there was a lack of campus space, and a need for a campus review of access for the disabled. The Disabled Student Programs and Services Department Staff acknowledged instructional accommodations, but cited the need for an emergency evacuation procedure. Faculty and Special Admit Programs, and Business, Facilities, and Operations staff acknowledged architectural and program accessibility, but felt that faculty would find ADA training helpful. Although most staff and faculty believed that accessibility to education and services was implemented, vital areas such as information, training, and emergency services needed improvement. (YKH)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Continuing Education, Disabilities, Educational Resources, Faculty Development, Focus Groups, Institutional Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990