Transition to College with the MITS Freedom Stick
the freedom to do it yourself              Part Four: Disability Life
Disability Life on Campus1. Making yourself safe and comfortable2. Disabled Student Services3. Working with faculty4. Tech...
Safety and Comfort
Finding Your Way•   Where are the buildings for    your classes?•   How long does it take to get    from place to place?• ...
Tools which help focus...•   Use Text-To-Speech -    Balabolka - to help you    focus on reading in    crowded situations....
Calendar Text Alerts      Attach your homework  documents right to the class                appointment       Set Text Mes...
Text Alert Set Up    In "Calendar Settings"                  click on         "Mobile Settings"  Put in your MobilePhone N...
Disabled Student ServicesRegister with yourcampus disabilityoffice at least twomonths beforeschool starts.Visit them befor...
Disabled Student Services  Know how to get     there both in      person and            online   Know how toaccess services
Register for Services            Different        schools use     different forms  You will need "proof" which may come fr...
Know "the usual"     This is not what   you are limited to,      but it suggests   what the school is         familiar wit...
Understand the Process Every collegehas a process.  Ask about it. Understand it.
The Letter to ProfessorsDisclosure should only  discuss things which   you need help with.           Not general          ...
Keep them informed If anything changes, please tell yourDisability Services Advisor. They can     change accommodations fo...
Working with FacultyYou are an adult.You are in controlof your life, youridentity, and thedisclosure of yourinformation.Te...
Talking to Professors1. Set up an appointment with your professor during their office hours or   another agreed-upon time....
Different Professors                 Some faculty are easy,                 flexible, and trusting. They                 w...
Negotiating Testing  You have a right to take exams  with the technologies you use  in the classroom. Including Text-  To-...
Technology in ClassUsing the right tools can makethe difference betweensuccess and failure at yourcollege or university.Us...
Technology EverywhereYour Freedom Stick software, on theFlash Drive or just installed on yourcomputer, is your start on pe...
Freedom Stick   Mantano ReaderFreedom Stick                     Utilities     for AndroidGetting Started
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Transition to Post-Secondary- Disability Life

  1. 1. Transition to College with the MITS Freedom Stick
  2. 2. the freedom to do it yourself Part Four: Disability Life
  3. 3. Disability Life on Campus1. Making yourself safe and comfortable2. Disabled Student Services3. Working with faculty4. Technology in Class
  4. 4. Safety and Comfort
  5. 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. 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. 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. 8. Text Alert Set Up In "Calendar Settings" click on "Mobile Settings" Put in your MobilePhone Number andfollow the directions
  9. 9. Disabled Student ServicesRegister with yourcampus disabilityoffice at least twomonths beforeschool starts.Visit them beforeyou decide onattending, so youunderstand what isavailable.
  10. 10. Disabled Student Services Know how to get there both in person and online Know how toaccess services
  11. 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. 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. 13. Understand the Process Every collegehas a process. Ask about it. Understand it.
  14. 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. 15. Keep them informed If anything changes, please tell yourDisability Services Advisor. They can change accommodations for you.
  16. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 22. Freedom Stick Mantano ReaderFreedom Stick Utilities for AndroidGetting Started
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