Summer and fall registration has begun! Contact your Disability Counselor when you are registered for accommodation forms.

The spring semester is almost over so that means it’s time to register for summer and fall 2017. We recommend that students Get Advised before registering for classes. After Advising, contact your Disability Counselor to receive your accommodation forms. If you are not sure who your Disability Counselor is, please contact our front desk for assistance at 704-330-6621 or disability.counselingservices@cpcc.edu.

Good luck as your finish out the spring semester! And congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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!

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!

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!

 

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

Students enjoy spring break! Let us if you need accommodation forms!

Scene of a beach with the words Spring Break 2016 written above it.

Congratulations on completing the first half of the spring semester! Now it’s time to relax and regroup during spring break!

If you are taking a short session class after the break and need an accommodation form, please contact your Disability Counselor. We are available during spring break week during normal working hours, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Please call or email your Disability Counselor in advance to request your forms.

If you have not received accommodations from Disability Services in the past and would like to make your first accommodation request at CPCC, please view our website to learn about the procedure for requesting accommodations.

On behalf of Disability Services, stay safe and enjoy the break!