Transition to Post-Secondary- Disability Life

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  • 1. Transition to College with the MITS Freedom Stick
  • 2. the freedom to do it yourself Part Four: Disability Life
  • 3. Disability Life on Campus1. Making yourself safe and comfortable2. Disabled Student Services3. Working with faculty4. Technology in Class
  • 4. Safety and Comfort
  • 5. Finding Your Way• Where are the buildings for your classes?• How long does it take to get from place to place?• How long do you need to get comfortable when you arrive for class?• Where can you get food and drinks when you need them?• Where can you study quietly and comfortably?• How do you make your study space work for you? Where are accessible doors? Where are elevators?
  • 6. Tools which help focus...• Use Text-To-Speech - Balabolka - to help you focus on reading in crowded situations.• Or use music to screen out distractions - free options like Pandora. o You might store some songs on your Freedom Stick.• Comfortable - but respectful - clothing• Add Campus Map .pdf How do you create to your phone and your own focus? Freedom Stick
  • 7. Calendar Text Alerts Attach your homework documents right to the class appointment Set Text Message("SMS") reminders to be sent to your phone, set as many as you need, make sure the last one gets you there on time
  • 8. Text Alert Set Up In "Calendar Settings" click on "Mobile Settings" Put in your MobilePhone Number andfollow the directions
  • 9. Disabled Student ServicesRegister with yourcampus disabilityoffice at least twomonths beforeschool starts.Visit them beforeyou decide onattending, so youunderstand what isavailable.
  • 10. Disabled Student Services Know how to get there both in person and online Know how toaccess services
  • 11. Register for Services Different schools use different forms You will need "proof" which may come fromyour school or a doctor.This "proof" will need tobe 3 years (or less) old.
  • 12. Know "the usual" This is not what you are limited to, but it suggests what the school is familiar with If you have used systems in high school you should requestthose, but if the college has a different but equivalent system in place, you should try that first.
  • 13. Understand the Process Every collegehas a process. Ask about it. Understand it.
  • 14. The Letter to ProfessorsDisclosure should only discuss things which you need help with. Not general disclosure. The letter is built by you and your disability advisor, and may be different for each course, depending on your specific needs.
  • 15. Keep them informed If anything changes, please tell yourDisability Services Advisor. They can change accommodations for you.
  • 16. Working with FacultyYou are an adult.You are in controlof your life, youridentity, and thedisclosure of yourinformation.Tell your professorswhat you need, andwhy, and negotiatea solution.
  • 17. Talking to Professors1. Set up an appointment with your professor during their office hours or another agreed-upon time.2. DO NOT openly discuss your disability with your professor in front of others. This is a private conversation.3. Write out questions or issues that you want to discuss with your professor. While you will need to discuss your accommodation needs, you are not required to discuss your disability or explain why you need the accommodations.4. If you are unclear about anything, make sure to ask more questions. You should leave the meeting with a clear understanding of how your accommodations will be implemented.
  • 18. Different Professors Some faculty are easy, flexible, and trusting. They will often help you gain accommodations in the ways easiest for you. Others, less informed, or more rigid, will create many rules, especially around testing. If you have a choice of professors, ask other students about their experiences.
  • 19. Negotiating Testing You have a right to take exams with the technologies you use in the classroom. Including Text- To-Speech and Speech-To-Text.
  • 20. Technology in ClassUsing the right tools can makethe difference betweensuccess and failure at yourcollege or university.Use the tools you need. Do notlet anyone talk you out of usingthose tools, in the classroomor studying in groups oron your own.
  • 21. Technology EverywhereYour Freedom Stick software, on theFlash Drive or just installed on yourcomputer, is your start on personalizedassistive technology which will supportyou everywhere you go... now,throughout your education, and in theworld of work and life.Make sure that all of your tools -computers, phones, tablets - support allthat you do.
  • 22. Freedom Stick Mantano ReaderFreedom Stick Utilities for AndroidGetting Started