Staff, Faculty, and Student Volunteers Needed! Help students with assistive technology and testing accommodations.

Staff member is reading a document to a studentDisability Services is looking for staff and faculty volunteers at various campuses who are interested in helping students with assistive technology and testing accommodations. Here is the list of the open volunteer positions:

  • Reader/Scribes for Testing: Read questions out loud and/or write down the answers for students
  • Textbook-to-Audio Readers: Record your voice as you read textbook chapters and submit audio files
  • Tactile Graphics: Bring pictures to life by raising them off the page using everyday art supplies.

We are also accepting student volunteers! Here are the open volunteer positions for students:

  • Textbook-to-Audio Readers: Record your voice as you read textbook chapters and submit audio files
  • Tactile Graphics: Bring pictures to life by raising them off the page using everyday art supplies.

Benefits of being a volunteer:

  • For faculty and staff, the opportunity to gain perspective of the student experience at CPCC
  • Volunteer on your own schedule and as needed
  • Provide a platform for student success
  • Conceptualize class materials to get a greater learning experience
  • Learn a new skill

Interested? Please use this link to complete the Volunteer Form:
https://goo.gl/forms/xTfireHFZaxX2mWC3

Disability Awareness and TBI Training, Friday September 16th for PD credit!

Tilting at Windmills: Training in Disability Awareness
Presented by the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Hosted by CPCC Disability Services
Friday September 16th, 9-11:30am
Hall building rooms 215/216

Schedule of Trainings:

9-10am: Pick a Disability
Purpose:
This session is designed to increase your confidence in your ability to work and interact with people with disabilities. It seeks to reduce fear and discomfort through the exploration of biases, myths, misperceptions, and stereotypes. It provides information on appropriate language and etiquette when interacting with people with disabilities.

10:30-11:30am: Traumatic Brain Injury
Purpose:
To increase awareness of the range and scope of this disability and explores accommodations.

Sign up in Learner Web for one or both sessions to participate and earn PD credit!

 

 

College Diabetes Network is starting a group this fall at CPCC

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is coming to CPCC! CDN’s mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with Type 1 Diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. CDS’s vision is to create a college community, which will enable students with diabetes to thrive in all of their personal, healthcare, and scholastic accomplishments. A group will soon be meeting at Levine and Central campuses. 

Please call 704-800-5755 or
email cpcc@collegediabetesnetwork.org for more information.

www.collegediabetesnetwork.org

NEW Accommodation Form Procedure Starting NOW for Fall 2016!

As of August 1, 2016 we are using a NEW version of the accommodation form. Now Instructors are asked to initial and date the forms to document when they were received. Please read below for more detailed instructions of the new procedure.

NEW Accommodation Form Procedure for the Fall 2016 Semester

  • Students must request their accommodation forms from their Disability Counselor each semester.
  • The student and the Disability Counselor sign all the forms.
  • Student delivers the forms to his/her Instructor(s).
  • The Instructor initials and dates the Instructor’s Copy and the Student’s Copy to verify when the form was received and that the accommodations were discussed with the student.
  • Once the Instructor receives and initials the forms, then the accommodations are considered active for that semester.
  • Instructor keeps the Instructor’s Copy.
  • Student keeps the Student’s Copy.
  • The student is also responsible for delivering a copy to the appropriate Testing Center if they are using it as an accommodation.
  • For online classes: Student will email the Instructor the accommodation forms, both the Student’s Copy and the Instructor’s Copy. Instructors are responsible for initialing both copies and returning the Student’s Copy to the student via email. Instructor keeps the Instructor’s Copy.

Additional things to know about accommodations:

  • Even if a student is approved to use accommodations, the student has the CHOICE whether or not they want to use the accommodations at any time.
  • Accommodations may not always apply, even if they are approved by Disability Services. In most cases they will apply, as along as the accommodation is reasonable for the class. If an instructor believes an accommodation is not reasonable for the class, the instructor should contact the Disability Counselor to discuss the concerns.
  • If a student requests to use an accommodation in class and they do not present an accommodation form to you, you are not required to accommodate the student. In that case, please refer the student to Disability Services.

If you have questions about the student’s accommodations or the process in general, please contact the Disability Counselor assigned to the student, which is indicated at the top of the accommodation form.

Are you a faculty or staff member who wants to learn more about Disability Services and your role in working with students with disabilities? Take our online training in Learner Web for PD credit! Available 24/7! Visit our website to take the course! https://www.cpcc.edu/disabilities/faculty-resources

 

Fall semester is starting soon. Contact us for your accommodation forms!

Welcome back students! We are excited to start a new school year with you! We hope you had a restful summer break!

If you are already approved for accommodations and you wish to use your accommodations during the fall semester, contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered so receive your accommodation forms. Don’t wait until the last minute! We will process requests in the order received, so the sooner the better! You can contact your Disability Counselor by calling the front desk at 704-330-6621 or emailing them directly as follows:

Tina Hardin
tina.hardin@cpcc.edu

Tashana Kirby Williams
tashana.kirbywilliams@cpcc.edu

Rachel Megahan
rachel.megahan@cpcc.edu

Laurie Necasek (formerly Laurie Jachym)
laurie.necasek@cpcc.edu

If you have never received accommodations at CPCC and you wish to receive accommodations for the fall semester, it’s not too late! We can receive requests at any time. Please follow directions from our website listed below to learn more about how to make your accommodations request at the college:

https://www.cpcc.edu/disabilities/procedures-for-students/steps-to-request-academic-accommodations

We look forward to working with you during the fall 2016 semester!

 

Disability Services Information Session, July 20th. RSVP today!

Disability Services Information Session
July 20th from 1-4pm
Central Campus, Zeiss building, room 1106
(formerly the Elizabeth building)

We are proud to announce that this summer we will be hosting a Disability Services Information Session for both students and parents to learn more about Disability Services at CPCC. This session is aimed at preparing students who are enrolling in the fall semester to help them learn how to request accommodations at CPCC and how to be a successful student at CPCC. Parents are also welcome to attend to learn how they can support their student as they transition into college. By attending you will:

  • Prepare yourself for fall semester
  • Learn the differences between high school and college
  • Learn how to request accommodations in college
  • Learn tips on how to be a successful college student

Interested in attending? Click the link below to RSVP now on our website!
https://www.cpcc.edu/disabilities/trainingsandevents/events

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2016!! We in Disability Services are so proud of all of the graduates this year! We look forward to seeing you cross the stage at graduation. Enjoy the moment and celebrate this big accomplishment!

We are especially thrilled for our own staff in Disability Services who are graduating this year. We have 4 staff members who are graduating from various programs in Charlotte (pictured below):

Nora Jones, UNCC, Masters of Social Work
Intern

Alysia Leak, Pfeiffer University, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy
Lab Facilitator

Jennifer Menendez, CPCC, Associate of Arts
Work Study

Gavora Jones, CPCC, Associate of Arts
Senior Administrative Clerk

 

Four of our staff members standing proudly around the certificates they earned as graduates.

Left to right: Nora Jones, Alysia Leak, Jennifer Menendez, Gavora Jones

We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to their education as well as their roles in our department. Please help us congratulate them as they move closer to graduating!

The end of the spring semester approaches! That means summer semester starts soon!

Hello students! Finals week is upon us! Disability Services wishes you the best of luck as you take your final exams! If you need to schedule any final exam testing in the Disability Services Testing Center (it must be an approved accommodation) please contact dslab@cpcc.edu to schedule an appointment as soon as possible!

Registration is now open for summer and fall 2016 semesters. If you are approved for accommodations, please contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered. We can now print accommodation forms early so you will be prepared in advance for your classes. If you need to request your forms from your Disability Counselor, call or email them directly. Click here to go to our Contact Us page for contact information.

We look forward to working with you!

Film Screening and Panel Discussion During Sensoria at Harris Campus

CPCC’s Early Childhood Education Club and Sensoria Present

Including Samuel
An award-winning documentary by Dan Habib

Friday, April 8, 6:30PM, Harris Campus Auditorium
3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Charlotte
(near Charlotte Douglas International Airport)

Free and open to the public.  Refreshments available for purchase.

Including Samuel

Including Samuel examines the educational and social inclusion of children with disabilities. The film is based on the Habib family’s efforts to include their son Samuel in all facets of their lives, a journey that transforms each of them. Including Samuel also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with teachers, parents, students and disability rights experts.

Following the screening, Laurie Jachym, a Disability Counselor at CPCC, will lead a panel discussion of issues related to the film.

For more information, please contact Casey Day, President, CPCC Early Childhood Education Club, at crowe002@email.cpcc.edu

Student Success Workshop Series Spring 2016

Counseling Services at CPCC is offering 4 workshops to students to assist with academic success. Workshops are FREE! Here is the schedule:

MIND OVER MATH
Monday, March 21nd,  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Central Campus, Elizabeth Classroom Building room 3118
Learn strategies to overcome test anxiety and math avoidance and make the most of your study time!

SIMPLE CHANGES BETTER LIVING!
Wednesday, March 23rd, 11am-12pm
Central Campus, Elizabeth Classroom Building room 4119
Discover how a few simple adjustments can improve your life!

BREATHE & BALANCE: MANAGING STRESS & ANXIETY
Tuesday, April 12th, 11am-12pm
Central Campus, Elizabeth Classroom Building room 4119
Learn to cope with stress, become more aware of your thoughts, and manage stressful situations.

CONSENT IS SEXY
Wednesday April 27th, 11am-12pm
Central Campus, Elizabeth Classroom Building room 4119
A forum for women and men to discuss sex and relationships in ways that promote mutual understanding and respect.

 

For questions about upcoming events, contact Angela Bullock at Angela.Bullock@cpcc.edu or 704-330-6381.