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ERIC Number: ED433667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-12
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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University Students with Disabilities Are the Chief On-Campus Accommodation Ingredient.
Misquez, Ed; McCarthy, Bill; Powell, Barbara; Chu, Lily
This report describes the rejuvenation of the Barrier Breakers at New Mexico State University, a student group that was designed to ensure that students with disabilities had access to and accommodations for instruction. The new group, the Association for the Concerns of the Handicapped (ACH), provides advocacy for environmental access and program access. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its enforcement led to the hiring of a disability coordinator to handle requests for accommodations and the development of several service departments at the university. Currently, the coordinator supervises a full-time interpreter and coordinates the following services: a Braille printer; early registration assistance; assistive listening devices; notetaking services; readers; sign language interpreters or oral interpreters; and accommodations for students with disabilities needing extended time, a quiet location, scribes, readers, or other assistance. Services are also provided by Student Support Services and the Center for Learning Assistance. In the process of seeking accommodation, the students learned that it was important to disclose their access needs, to organize and present a united front so that access providers could respond to specific requirements, to maintain a sense of continuity between new members of the group and veteran members, and to be persistent in requests. (CR)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990