Hidden disabilities

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Research, images, and facts owed to Nedelina Tchangalova and Aimee Babcock-Ellis, for their 2010 presentation, "What’s Wrong With You? Hidden Disabilities and Diversity in the Library Workplace": http://drum.lib.umd.edu/handle/1903/10989

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Hidden disabilities

  1. 1. HiddenDisabilities:AwarenessMelissa I. Cardenas-DowArmacost Library, University of RedlandsMarch 12, 2013
  2. 2. What are we going to talk about?• What are hidden disabilities?• What do hidden disabilities have to do with Armacost Library services?• What do these mean for Armacost Library?
  3. 3. What are hidden disabilities?Hidden disabilities are physical or mental impairments that are not readily apparent to others.... These hidden disabilities often cannot be readily known without the administration of appropriate diagnostic tests. ~ U.S. Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2005) from a USDE-OCR pamphlet, 1995
  4. 4. What are hidden disabilities?Can be physical or mental... • physical o visual o auditory o allergies o chronic-medical • mental/psychological o emotional o learning o information/sensory processing o cognitive
  5. 5. What do hidden disabilities have todo with Armacost Library services?
  6. 6. What do hidden disabilities have todo with Armacost Library services?
  7. 7. What do hidden disabilities have todo with Armacost Library services?CAS, URSB, SoE statistics of students with disabilities accommodations:• 2011-2012: 212 students• 2012-2013: 223 students"The most notable increase...involves students needing alternative or audio texts. On average, the time needed to acquire these texts is approximately 2-4 hours per student..." ~Draft Review of Disability Resources, Curriculum, and Programming (Fall 2012), Ad-hoc Working Group on Disability Resources and Services
  8. 8. What do these mean for Armacost Library?(1) Universal Design (UD): The Principles
  9. 9. What do these mean for Armacost Library? (2) Universal Design (UD): The Process6 Steps:1. Identify the service2. Define the "universe"3. Apply UD for overall service4. Apply UD to subcomponents of service5. Develop processes to address unaccommodated needs6. Test with diverse users
  10. 10. What do these mean for Armacost Library? (3) Universal Design (UD): Apply the Process1. Select 1 group of students: a. students for whom English is a second language b. students with visual impairments (low vision) c. students with dyslexia d. students with impaired hearing e. students with medical conditions that require quick access to restroom facilities2. Select 1 library service: a. use website to find books b. use course reserves to borrow course materials c. study a sound recording d. view a movie for class e. library space3. Discuss, Brainstorm 1-3 possible solutions, and Report

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