ERIC Number: ED447634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Serving Students with Significant Disabilities in Two-Year Colleges. Office of Disability Services, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA.
Gugerty, John, Ed.; Knutsen, Caryl, Ed.
This report is an outcome of a project designed to seek, screen, evaluate, describe, and disseminate highly effective approaches used by two-year colleges to serve students with significant disabilities. "Two-year colleges" included academic institutions, technical colleges, and vocational institutes. From a pool of 18 applicants, the project made site reviews of six schools. In this volume, the approach used by Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), in Springfield, Massachusetts, is described. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at STCC works in a proactive manner within the institution to identify and remove physical, programmatic, technological, and attitudinal barriers and maintains an ongoing vigilance to ensure that new barriers are not erected. It aggressively seeks to identify students, increase awareness of services, provide technological resources, and educate all faculty and staff on issues that relate to disability, federal law, adaptive technology, and accommodation. The report discusses the mission, goals and objectives of STCC, significant features of ODS, key factors that make STCC's approach effective for students with significant disabilities, and evaluation results demonstrating the effectiveness of STCC's approach. Characteristics that are manifested in all six of the profiled schools are also listed, and an accompanying CD-ROM describes the projects. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Educational Policy, Equal Education, Institutional Characteristics, Policy Formation, Program Design, Severe Disabilities, Student Personnel Services, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center on Education and Work.