Part 1 to disclose or not to disclose

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Welcome, and thank you for watching the Powerpoint presentation titled “How to Disclose: A Guide for College Students”. This is the first of 2 presentations discussing how you can inform your instructors of your learning needs and accommodations. This first presentation will help walk you through the decision of choosing “to disclose or not to disclose.”

Special thanks to the Accessible Learning Services department at Sheridan College for producing this presentation.

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  • Are there web links to any of these documents? I would only include those documents that would be easy for a student to find and provide them with the info to get the document. Chapter 7: Disclosure of Your Disability
  • Part 1 to disclose or not to disclose

    1. 1. How to DiscloseA Guide for College StudentsHow to Inform Your Instructors of YourLearning Needs and Accommodations Part 1: To Disclose or Not to DisclosePrepared by:Accessible Learning Services, Sheridan College(Joe Henry, Department Manager;Csilla Gresku & Ashlen KainStudent Occupational Therapists, McMaster University)
    2. 2. ObjectivesThis slideshow is designed to help you...Define disclosure within the college settingDescribe the benefits and concerns ofdisclosureDescribe how Accessible Learning Servicescan help
    3. 3. What is Disclosure?Disclosure is when you release information aboutyourself and your health issues so thataccommodations can be made to facilitate yourlearning.Disclosure is a choice, however…After high school the only way you will receive theaccommodations you might need is to ask for themyourself.
    4. 4. What are the Benefits of Disclosing?•Toget the accommodations and help you need to besuccessful in your program•Toensure your instructors are familiar with theaccommodations you require•To monitor the effectiveness of your accommodations They can be changed if not working•To have a plan in place in case of an emergency It is always harder to disclose when you are in crisis!
    5. 5. Possible concerns students might have when disclosing …•Disclosing may be a difficult or embarrassing thing forme to do•Disclosing may cause others to treat me differently•Some people may not respect that my information isprivate and should only be shared with my permission
    6. 6. How can Accessible LearningServices (ALS) Help?•Discuss any concerns you might have regardingyour accommodations or confidentiality•Provide you with strategies, technology andaccommodations to help you succeed•Suggest what information to disclose and helpadvocate on your behalf.•Theycan only help if you let them know what yourneeds are….Contact them early! Trafalgar Campus: Room B103 905-845-9430, ext. 2530P
    7. 7. Thank You for Watching!Continue to Part 2: Tips and Strategies forSuccess for tips on how to disclose
    8. 8. Resources Your Education, Your Future: A guide to college and university for students with psychiatric disabilities ◦ Canadian Mental Health Association, 2004 ◦ http://www.cmha.ca/youreducation/ The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A workbook for youth with disabilities ◦ Organizations involved: NCWD, ODEP ◦ http://www.ncwd- youth.info/assets/guides/411/411_Disability_ Disclosure_complete.pdf
    9. 9. Resources Transition Planning Resource Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities ◦ The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario ◦ http://www.access.resources.ldao.ca/main/document s/TransitionPlanningResourceGuide4.pdf Steps to Employment: A Workbook for People Who Have Experienced Mental Health Problems ◦ Chapter 7: Disclosure of Your Disability ◦ Canadian Mental Health Association, 1997 ◦ http://www.cmha.ca/data/1/rec_docs/553_CMHA- Steps_EN.pdf

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