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

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!

Tips for Faculty: Online class accommodations

To the Faculty of CPCC,

Whether you are taking time off or still teaching (hopefully a light courseload!) during the summer term, Disability Services sends you well wishes for a relaxing summer!

With that being said….the fall semester will be here before you know it! Disability Services wants to help prepare faculty for working with students with disabilities for the upcoming fall term. This blog post focuses on online classes and working with students with disabilities to provide academic accommodations. Here’s a list of helpful tips to assist you as a faculty member:

1. Include a statement in the syllabus about Disability Services. This is something that all faculty are recommended to do as a best practice for informing their students about how to request accommodations through Disability Services. Click here to view CPCC’s syllabus statement for accommodations. Even in online classes, students may need to use accommodations to access the material.

2. Sign the accommodation form once it is sent to you and return it to the Disability Counselor. The form explains what accommodations are approved to be used by the student in your class. Accommodations are considered active once you sign the accommodation form. Clarify any questions about accommodations with the student and/or their Disability Counselor. The Disability Counselor is listed on the accommodation form.

3. If you are teaching an online class and require students to test on campus at some point during the semester, notify the testing center about students in your class(es) who are approved to use testing accommodations (such as extended time for testing) when you submit tests to the testing center. Generally, testing for online classes is done off campus. So as a result, the testing center is not notified about students who are approved for testing accommodations when they are registered for online classes. If you know this type of testing occurs in an online class and you are asked to sign an accommodation form for that class, please take the steps to ensure compliance with the student’s accommodations.

4. View the Disability Services website, Faculty and Staff Resources page, for more information on working with students with disabilities. Here you will find FAQs, directions for the accommodation form, tips for referring students to Disability Services, and directions for using the Disability Services Testing Center. Feel free to also look around the Disability Services website for more department information. We’ve recently updated our website content and will continue to update it, so check back often!

Anytime you have questions about accommodations, students with disabilities, or anything else related to Disability Services, please contact us! We are happy to help all staff and faculty at CPCC. You can visit us at our Central Campus (TE 219) or Levine Campus (room 2223) locations. Or by calling us at x6621. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming fall semester!

Staff Spotlight: Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator


Kayla with poster presentation

Introduction written by Laurie Jachym

Kayla Earley is another new addition to the Disability Services team. She joins the Disability Services Testing Center staff at Central campus as an Instructional Lab Facilitator. She works with students who attend classes at Central, Levine, and Harris campuses to provide testing accommodations and assistive technology services.

Here is a little Q & A with Kayla to help you get to know her better.

 

Q: How long have you worked at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: A very short time, only since March 2015!

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: I worked for 2 years with Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Support Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, 1 year as Bindery Supervisor at Carl A. Rudisill Library, and 1 year interning as an HIV Tester/Counselor with the ALFA.

Q: What is your area/what are your areas of expertise?
A: My Bachelors of Science is in Community Health from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and I am enrolled to begin my Master of Arts in Anthropology at UNCC this year. I have experience in research, program planning, and captioning.

Q: Can you tell us more about your picture?
A: Sure, that poster is from my Senior Honors Thesis. I was presenting an evaluation of the Council on Adolescent’s Lunch Buddy Program, which is a mentoring program for middle school students in Catawba County.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: I enjoy meeting new students and observing how they learn and recall test material.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: Outside of work I enjoy reading historical fiction, visiting museums, and going to the zoo with my mom.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: If I wrote an autobiography, the title would be, “I can’t help it; I’m a nerd.”

Please help us welcome Kayla to the college and to Disability Services. She is a wonderful new addition to our team.

NEW Disability Services Testing Center contact information. Schedule your finals now!

Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator

Students, hello from your Instructional Lab Facilitators Alysia Leak and Kayla Earley. If you currently receive testing accommodations in the Disability Services Testing Center, you can now make appointments online by emailing dslab@cpcc.edu. Of course, you can still contact us individually at Alysia.Leak@cpcc.edu or Kayla.Earley@cpcc.edu if you need assistance. As the semester comes to a close, please begin making your testing appointments for final exams as soon as possible. Good luck, and we hope to hear from you soon!