Summer schedule in effect, now through July 21st

The word summer is in the middle of a beach picture

Currently, the college is operating on the summer schedule of Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-6pm. The college will be closed on Fridays during this time. We will also be closed for upcoming events and holidays as follows:

5/18: closing at 12pm for CPCC’s graduation
5/25: closed for annual SSS retreat
5/29: closed for Memorial Day
6/8: closed for annual department retreat
7/3-7/4: closed for 4th of July

Sorry for any inconveniences this causes, but we are happy to serve you on days we are open! Please contact us if you have any questions, 704-330-6621 or disability.counselingservices@cpcc.edu

 

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!

DS Experience Workshops-Schedule Posted for Spring 2017

4 students sitting around a table in a study session

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!

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