Office of Disability ServicesPresentation Transcript
Office of Disability Services -Located on the second floor of the UC -About 500 students are registered -Students range from having Aspergers, mobility problems, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety
What is the office of Disability Services? The office of Disability Services in the Academic Resource Center exists to help ensure that all students at the University of Miami have equal access to the programs and services of the University according to law. In addition to providing auxiliary aids and services to students with documented disabilities, ODS also provides information about disability services to the University as a whole.
How does UM determine eligibility for accommodations? Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
How does UM determine eligibility for accommodations? The ADA definition of an individual with a disability is a person who : a) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of the person`s major life activities b) has a record of such an impairment, or c) is regarded as having such an impairment. The ADA applies to person who have impairments which substantially limit major life activities such as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working. For example, an individual with epilepsy, paralysis, a substantial hearing or visual impairment, or a specific learning disability is covered under this law, but an individual with a minor, nonchronic condition of short duration, such as a sprain, broken limb, or the flu, generally would not be covered, so before you go check in make sure you meet the requirements.
What is the process of registering with the office of Disability Services? Students must provide the Office of Disability Services with appropriate documentation Medical Documentation Psychological Documentation Learning Disability Documentation ADHD Documentation Documentation must be reviewed Students must submit accommodation request form (2 week process) Receive e-mail saying documents granted or need more info Student must set up a meeting with the Office of Disability Services to discuss recommendations and accommodations Students must give accommodation letters to their professors
What is a accommodation? According to law, accommodations in the post secondary setting commonly refer to: a) modifications to the manner of providing instruction in order to provide equal access to educational materials and b) modifications to the manner of testing or measuring competence in a particular course. Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same standards of academic performances as other students, but may be allowed an accommodation in the manner in which performance in measured.
Types of Accommodations Examples: -Reader for exams -Extended time -Distraction reduced testing -Use of a calculator
Confidentiality The Office of Disability Services keeps students records confidential under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The only time information is released is if the student: a) signs Release of Information Form that gives ODS permission to speak with people like the psychologist, academic advisor, parents, etc. b) Situations involving hard to others or self