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

4 students sitting around a table in a study session

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!

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.

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!

 

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

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!