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!

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

Stacks of cash and gold dollar sign

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.

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!

 

 

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

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

NC AHEAD offers 3 student scholarships for 2016! Application deadline is 2/5/16!

Click here for the application form and instructions for the 2016 NC AHEAD Student Scholarships.  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
  • 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 2014-15 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

Disability Counselors at CPCC are members of NC AHEAD! Contact your assigned Disability Counselor today if you are applying for this scholarship. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

The deadline to apply is February 5, 2016! Good luck!

Need your accommodations for spring 2016 classes? Contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered!

It is open enrollment for the spring 2016 semester and it is time to register! Check your CPCC student account online to find out your registration date and register as soon as possible.

If you are registered with Disability Services for accommodations, contact your Disability Counselor as soon as you are registered for classes. Students who are registered with Disability Services should follow the Steps for Students Who Have a Disability Counselor on our website. We can complete your accommodation forms before the new semester starts. Get ahead of the game by getting your forms done early! Contact your Disability Counselor today!

If you are a student who would like to make your first request for academic accommodations at CPCC, please follow our process and procedures to request accommodations that is posted on our website or visit us on campus. We have two main office locations at the Central and Levine campuses, but we can meet with students at any of the satellite campuses. New requests can be submitted at any time. Please contact us if you have any questions or visit our website for more information:

www.cpcc.edu/disabilities

Good luck as you finish the fall semester! We look forward to working with in spring 2016!

Student Spotlight: Toni Cordell


Toni Cordell, CPCC student and author

Written by Laurie Jachym

Toni Cordell is a true success story of a CPCC student. Although she has faced many challenges throughout her life, she refuses to give up. Now at the age of 73, she continues to passionately pursue her dreams with no intent of stopping.

Toni is a self-identified student with a disability. She began working with a Disability Counselor only 3 years ago. However, she has been a student at the college for a number of years. Before she came to CPCC, she never received accommodations at any point in her educational career, but she believes she was undiagnosed with a learning disability. This was a true struggle according to Toni. Her experience in the educational system as a child with an undiagnosed learning disability was difficult and traumatic. She recalls being aware very early on that she knew that other students were more academically inclined than her. She felt “stupid, like a throw away human being”. She was disappointed that nothing was done to help her as a student during her years in the K-12 school system.

Even though she struggled, she persevered and graduated from high school. She was married a few years later and started a family. Both of her adult children are now very successful in their fields, even though her son was diagnosed with dyslexia. She experienced some troubling times in her personal life, with the loss of a loving spouse, and another marriage that was abusive. However she maintains a strong connection with her children and their families. She also found love in a new spouse and is now happily married.

At the age of 69 she enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College. Toni states that she felt “amazing” and her life improved in so many ways as a result of her involvement with the college. By joining TRiO, Student Life, and PTK, she found a positive community of staff and students that she bonds with, even to this day. She calls it “comradery of compassion”. By surrounding herself with others who she felt like are “committed to your success” she was able to flourish in the educational environment.

It was not until after she sustained a head injury from a bus accident that she was referred to Disability Services. She notes that her short-term memory worsened as a result of this accident. She also noticed challenges with test anxiety, especially with her math classes. She credits her participation in tutoring through TRiO and the Academic Learning Center helped her get through some of the most difficult classes that she faced.

Through this experience, she realized that finding the right math tutor was crucial to her success. Toni provided some words of advice for anyone who is faced with this type of challenge:

“It is essential to feel safe. I worked with a tutor once who wasn’t helpful to me. Math was never easy for me, so don’t tell me ‘it’s easy’ because it’s not easy for me. I always felt like others had power over me. But this time I had to walk away and try something new. Once I did, I found the right tutor for me and it didn’t make me feel stupid anymore.”

Toni’s decision to take initiative and advocate for herself brought her to a better place with her tutoring. By finding a new tutor who was a better fit for her learning style, attending the TRiO workshops, and using her accommodations from Disability Services, she successfully completed her last math requirements last spring and graduated with her Associates in Arts. I was lucky enough to see Toni graduate as I was volunteering at the ceremony in May. It was a very touching moment to see her cross the stage and hug her classmates with feelings of joy that were written all over her face. I know that was a great day for her.

And Toni has not stopped there! She continues to take classes at CPCC and she completed her first book this year! The idea for her book occurred to her years ago, and she finished it this year with the help of some fellow CPCC students. Dakar Justice did the illustrations, who Toni met through a Man Up leadership conference at CPCC. Also another CPCC student, Sara Dir, was Toni’s administrative assistant and she is assisted Toni with publishing and selling her book.

Toni's book, "The Puppy on the Other Side of the Pond"

She also credits Liz Rodgers as her motivation and inspiration to become a writer. She explained that taking Instructor Rodgers’ classes helped her find her “writer’s voice.” Toni explains about being a writer,

“I have the courage to write because I’m afraid to fail.”

Toni’s book is titled “The Puppy on the Other Side of the Pond.” Her inspiration to write the book came from her childhood experiences:

“I was never read to as a child. I wrote this book in my own voice for a child.”

The book is all about acceptance and looking beyond our differences. It was important to Toni that she teach children a life lesson with the book. After the story, there are discussion questions in the book to help stimulate conversations between adults and children about the book’s message. Finally, at the end of the book, Toni describes two charities that she has partnered with to donate 10% of the sales towards the charities, which are Freedom School Partners and 4 Paws for Ability.

I could go on and on about Toni, she has many more adventures and stories that I have not even told you about yet! Toni could literally write a beautiful book about her life….maybe one day she will! I hope this student spotlight inspires you to chase your dreams no matter where you are in your life and what obstacles you face. It’s never too late!