General Resources

Project Shift – Refocus: Disability resource professionals set the tone for how a campus frames and responds to disability.  Refocus was created as a tool for examining the role the resource office can play in challenging stereotypes and creating truly equitable environments. You are invited to explore core values that anchor us to the goal of minimizing the need for accommodations and to examine practices that will influence the campus narrative around disability.

When-Faculty-Are-TOO-Accommodating: Essay written by Jane Jarrow, a disability consultant, this essay discusses issues that arise when faculty are “too helpful” in accommodating students. Problems  can arise from faculty who are readily prepared to provide appropriate accommodation — their accommodating nature that can get them, the institution, and (sometimes) the student into trouble!

Access College: The Faculty Room:  The DO-IT Center at the University of Washington is rich with resources for post-secondary faculty and administrators. One such resource is the Faculty Room – a space for faculty and administrators at post-secondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. Topics include universal design, accommodations rights and responsibilities and much more.  The entire DO-IT site is worth exploring.

Transition Year: Your Source for Emotional Health at College: It’s common to assume that the major obstacle in adjusting to campus life will be academic. However, research shows that emotional issues are most likely to interfere with success at college Whether a student needs assistance in picking a school that is the best fit,  or is  looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or wants guidance in making a smooth transition, this site has helpful  tools and information. The Transition Year site is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

.Assistive Technology Blog:  This blog by Brian Meersma (who uses assistive technology to read and write,) has as its mission “To help people with disabilities use technology to read, write, explore interesting information, and explore their world with ease by using of technology.” Readers can learn about assistive technology for people with reading disabilities, dyslexia, low vision, blindness and other disabilities that make reading, writing, and other tasks difficult.

Accessibility for Online Learning:  This blog,curated by Yin Wah Kreher,  gathers information pertinent to online learning — “Ensuring access to information regardless of differences.

Making College Affordable for Students with Disabilities: While a DSS provider probably isn’t an expert on financial aid, we do get all kinds of questions from the students who visit and enroll at our institutions. This guide prepared by Affordable Colleges Online addresses the topic of financing college for students with disabilities. Topics covered in the article include: college financing for students with disabilities; loans, grants, and scholarships; top schools for students with disabilities; online college for students with disabilities; job resources for grads with disabilities; and acquiring a disability after graduation.

Dr Suess on IEP’s: Post-secondary providers don’t deal with IEP’s often and yet, this poem commenting on  IEP’s  in the style of “Green Eggs and Ham,” is sure to bring a smile to the face of a harried post-secondary disability service provider.

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