DS Experience Workshops-Schedule Posted for Spring 2017

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Students, you’re invited to join Disability Services in a series of workshops to help you with academic success! Our Learning Coach Intern, Dawn Long, will be facilitating the workshops and guest speakers will present a different topic every week. Students who are registered with Disability Services are welcome to attend. Even if you can’t stay for the full 2 hours, that’s OK! Come any time during the 1-3pm time slot.

Here is the workshop presentation schedule:

March 29: Time Management
Presenter: TBD

April 5: Campus Support Services
Presenter: ACA, Library

April 12: Health & Wellness
Presenter: Nykke Ford

April 19: Self-Advocacy
Presenter: Danielle Dosunmu

April 26: Campus Resources
Presenter: Single Stop, Family Resource Center

May 3: Awards
Presenter: Disability Services staff

Please RSVP and email Dawn Long if you are interested in attending!

Students-join us for the DS Experience Workshop on March 22nd!

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DS Experience Workshop
Wednesday, March 22nd
1-3pm
Central Campus
Terrell Building, room 500

Students, you’re invited to join Disability Services in a workshop to help you with academic success! Our Learning Coach Intern, Dawn Long, will be facilitating the workshop. Students who are registered with Disability Services are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP and email Dawn if you are interested in attending! Hope to see you there!

ADA Scenarios Presentation for Staff and Faculty

DISABILITY SERVICES PRESENTS

ADA SCENARIOS:

HELPING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES EXPLORE SOLUTIONS TO OVERCOME BARRIERS

Disability Counselor talking with a student who is using a wheel chair

 

Staff and faculty, please join us for an experiential learning opportunity! Presenters will highlight various disability cases and discuss the outcomes of each. Upon completion learners will increase their knowledge and level of comfort when responding to students with disabilities.

Sign up in Learner Web now to attend for PD credit!

Central Campus               February 9th from 1-2:30pm

Harper Campus                February 21st from 1-2:30pm

Harris Campus                  March 30th from 1-2:30pm

 

NC AHEAD student scholarship for spring 2017. Apply now! Application deadline is Feb. 13!

North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability (NC AHEAD) is offering 3 scholarships, which are $500 each for 2017. You must be registered with Disability Services and working with a Disability Counselor in order to apply for the scholarship.

Here is more information about the eligibility criteria from NC AHEAD:

A total of three *scholarships ($500 each) are available—one scholarship will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • an *undergraduate student enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at a private college or university in North Carolina
  • The Jim Kessler Scholarship” an *undergraduate student enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at a public college or university in North Carolina
  • a student enrolled in degree or certificate program at a 2-year/community college in North Carolina

*Please note students are only considered eligible if they are seeking a 2 year degree OR their first bachelor’s degree. Second bachelor degree seeking students are not eligible to receive this award.

Criteria for these scholarships include:

  1. Applicant MUST be an undergraduate student with a disability registered with the disability services office on your campus.
  2. Disability Services Provider at your institution MUST be a member of NC AHEAD for the 2016-2017 academic year
  3. Applicants are evaluated based on: a) leadership and service to campus and/or community, b) academic achievement, c) well-articulated goals
  4. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA

(An unofficial transcript is required that verifies the cumulative GPA from the current institution from beginning of matriculation to the Spring 2017 semester)

The applicants must submit a complete package including the following:

  • Completed Scholarship Application (page 3)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from faculty at College/University and one from another professional from the college/university)
  • One-Two page personal essay including the following:
    • Leadership and service to campus or community
    • Academic achievement
    • Career goals/aspirations

The deadline for the completed scholarship application (including all required documents) is Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5p.m. Scholarships packets are to be submitted to Georgieann Bogdan, Awards, Scholarships and Grants Committee Chair at georgieann.bogdan@greensboro.edu or fax to 336-271-6634 by the deadline to be considered for the award.  The 2017 Student Scholarship recipients will be announced at the NC AHEAD Spring Conference.

*Please note: The NC AHEAD Scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition and will not be made available to be applied to books, living and/or other personal expenses.

View the Disability Services Student Resources page of our website to download the application. Also, let your Disability Counselor know if you are planning to apply. Good luck!

Disability Services recognizes volunteers and supporters at the Disability Services Appreciation Reception

On December 13th, the first Disability Services Appreciation Reception was held to recognize those who provided volunteer service to the department and to those who have shown outstanding support to the department and to students with disabilities. They were honored with certificates of appreciation to celebrate the accomplishments. A spread of goodies was also provided by the Disability Services staff to those who received recognition, as well as their supervisors.

Here are the staff, faculty, and students who were recognized:

Volunteers
Staff, faculty, and students who completed projects with Alysia Leak, Disability Services Lab Facilitator, to provide Assistive Technology (recorded textbook audio) or Testing Accommodations (reader/scribe) to students who use these accommodations.

Libby Vagnoni, reader/scribe for 2 testing sessions
Gaurang Doshi, reader/scribe for 1 test session
Cantrell Miller, 12 pages of textbook audio
Karen Cruz, 20 pages of textbook audio
Maurice Hanns, 20 pages of textbook audio
Joy Scott, 25 pages of textbook audio
Melissa Wilson, 29 pages of textbook audio
Laura Tucker, 30 pages of textbook audio
Linda Patel, 31 pages of textbook audio
Crystal Moore, 31 pages of textbook audio
Patricia Bostian, 60 pages of textbook audio
Nafeesah Dambreville, 60 pages of textbook audio

Supporters
Staff, faculty, and students who demonstrate outstanding support of Disability Services students and the department in general.

Denise Keating
Center for Military Families and Veterans
Alex Dunlop
Dwight Evans
Sean Curtis
Shantell Strickland-Davis
Joy Scott
Elizabeth Rogers
Curtis Speas
Linda Adams
Nichole Williams

Disability Services is so grateful to all of the volunteers and supporters this semester! Your service made a significant impact in the lives of students with disabilities. Thank you!

Photocredit: Lindsey McDonald

If anyone is interested in volunteering with Disability Services, please visit our volunteer webpage for more information and to complete the volunteer form.

Staff Spotlight: Rachel Megahan receives SSS Award at holiday party

Rachel holding her awardRachel Megahan, Disability Counselor, received the Student Success Services (SSS) award at the annual SSS holiday party on December 14th. She was nominated by her peers for her positive attitude, resourcefulness, and diligent work with staff, faculty, and students. The award was presented to her by the Associate Vice President of SSS, Rita Dawkins, during the event.

Not only did she win the SSS award, but she also took home “Best Dressed” for the Ugly Sweater contest at the party. She had plenty of holiday spirit to show off! Her attire and enthusiasm helped her win the prize of 2 tickets to a CPCC theater show. Pictured below are all of the Ugly Sweater Contest contestants.

Ugly Sweater Contestants Well done Rachel on your award and prize! You certainly earned them both! We are proud of you!

 

Staff Spotlight: Tina Hardin receives the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award at Levine Campus holiday party

Tina Hardin receives Mel Gay Legacy award

One of our very own team members, Tina Hardin, received the Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award last week at the Levine Campus holiday party. She was one of two staff members to receive the award. Barry Gilmore is the second recipient. They were both presented this award by Dr. Gay’s wife, Dail Gay, pictured above with Barry and Tina.

Reginald Pincham, ESS Director of Levine Campus, wrote about the award and the recipients:

Our Dr. Mel Gay Legacy Award winners were selected because they demonstrate the characteristics that the late Dr. Mel Gay exhibited as our leader on the Levine campus: Commitment, Enthusiasm, Communication, Patience and Teamwork.

Here are some of the comments team members said about both Barry and Tina:

 

Barry Gilmore, Full-Time team member:

  • He is constantly thinking of ways to better serve students, faculty and staff. He is always concerned about the “Culture of Levine” and how he can affect that culture. If there is a way to advance the culture of unselfishness, the destruction of the silo mentality on Levine campus and have fun while learning he is exploring a way to achieve it.
  • He has an amazing level of commitment to our staff, students and faculty and he carries an enthusiasm and energy for his department that shines through.
  • He displays a great love and caring spirit for the students he serves and is an advocate for student unity.

Tina Hardin, Part-Time team member:

  • This employee is a joy to work with and clearly demonstrates and embodies the Mel Gay Legacy award criteria.
  • She is caring, kind and responsive to both students and colleagues.
  • She is very patient with everyone, extremely knowledgeable about her department’s role at CPCC and displays a great passion for the service she gives to students.

Disability Services is extremely proud of Tina. Congratulations on this well-deserved award!

 

Need spring semester accommodations? Contact your Disability Counselor now!

Disability Services office signIt’s that time of year! Time to register for the spring 2017 semester! If you are already approved for accommodations with us, please contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered to request your accommodation forms early. Getting your forms early is one less thing to worry about before the semester starts in January!

Call Disability Services at 704-330-6621 and ask to speak to your Disability Counselor or contact your Disability Counselor directly by email to request your accommodation forms.

Are you new to Disability Services and need to make your initial accommodation request? We accept accommodation requests all year! Read our Guidelines and Procedures handout to learn more about making your initial request. Still have questions? Contact us!

We wish you all the best for final exams and during the holiday season! We look forward to working with you in spring 2017!

Learn more about Disability Services by participating in “A Day in the Life of Students with Disabilities”

Faculty and Staff, do you want to learn more about the process for students to request academic accommodations? Then we have the course for you!

A Day in the Life of Students with Disabilities Disability Counselor talking with a student who is using a wheel chair

  • Experiential course
  • Self-paced
  • Sign up in Learner Web
  • Offered during the months of October, November, January, February, March and April 2016-2017
  • 2 PD credits

Visit Learner Web to learn more and sign up! Please contact us if you have any questions!

 

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

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Need money to help pay for college? Click on the links listed below to learn more about scholarship resources for students with disabilities!  (Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for the websites)

Affordable Colleges: Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Affordable Online Colleges: Scholarships by Disability

FinAid: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

 

Please note that CPCC does not formally endorse any of the scholarships listed here.