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Student Access Services (formerly Disability Services)

Overview

Rose State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Amendment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Amended). Students with disabilities are provided a physically accessible campus and accommodations designed to provide equal access to all programs and services. Special parking is provided for people with disabilities; and, there are ramps, elevators and covered walkways to the classroom buildings. Adaptive technologies are available by contacting Student Access Services (formerly Disability Services) in Learning Resources Center (LRC), Room 106.

Students with disabilities requiring accommodations to access programs of instruction and/or services will make the initial request and provide official documentation for accommodations to the Coordinator of Student Access Services in the Learning Resources Center (LRC), Room 106. The telephone number is 405-733-7373. The Coordinator of Student Access Services will review the documentation, discuss accommodations with the student, coordinate with faculty, staff, or administrators to consider the request and provide the appropriate accommodations.

Students will contact the Coordinator of Student Access Services each semester to secure accommodations forms for that particular semester. This provides the opportunity to review and discuss any changes that may be needed.

Adaptive Listening Device is located in the Student Access Services Office in the Learning Resources Center (LRC), Room 106. This is designed for individuals having difficulty hearing the lecture in the classroom setting.

Textbooks in Alternate format – can be provided; however this requires adequate notification. If this is an appropriate approved accommodation, please contact the Student Access Services Office at least a month before the beginning of our classes. To initiate this process please complete the form which provides all of your textbook information. 

Electronic Whiteboard may be used by faculty who would like to make a copy of their notes from an electronic whiteboard to provide to students in the classroom setting.

American Sign Language (ASL) or Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) can be scheduled in classes for students with disabilities which prevent them from taking class notes. Laptop computers will be used by the interns to provide students with a verbatim paper copy of the lecture. Volunteer classroom notetakers are also used for students needing this service.

A Sorenson Video Relay Service Station 

Assistive software available in the LRC 

  • JAWS for Windows is a screen reader designed to assist blind or low-vision students.
  • Zoom Text is a screen enlargement software for low-vision students.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking is for voice-activated computer usage.
  • Read and Write Gold is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with all common applications.
  • Dolphin is a program used to convert printed text into alternate formats. This is used to create audio books for students with print disabilities.
Other Resources Recommended for Students with Disabilities
  • Trio Student Support Services – is a federal program funded by the US Department of Education. It provides support to participants who meet the requirements of this grant program. Please contact the Trio office for more information at (405) 733-7379.
  • Tutoring Center – offers free tutoring services to RSC student for any of the “general education” courses. Sign-ups for tutoring begin the first day of each semester and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please contact the Tutoring Center for more information at (405) 733-7417.
  • Academic Testing Center – works with the Student Access Services Office to provide approved testing accommodations.
  • Math Lab – Students can receive immediate help with specific problems and have access to materials that will help them understand various math concepts.
  • Writing Center – provides one-on-one help with any Rose State writing project at no charge. It is staffed by qualified la instructors and faculty members.
  • Student Success Center – is designed to help students’ personal growth, professional development and academic progress from enrollment through graduation. Their goal is to help students connect with resources, guidance and other services to ensure their success. For more information call (405) 733-7334.
  • RSC Library and Computer Lab – provides a large collection of print, non-print items, and online references, plus many other great resources to assist all students. A computer lab including adaptive technology is also available for student use. The Library is located in the Learning Resources Building at the east end of campus. Check the Library website: (https://www.rose.edu/content/academics/student-resources/learning-resources-center/) for the hours.
  • Campus Open Computer Labs – are located in many of the classroom buildings. Please check in each building for hours of availability.

Information for Faculty

Please remind students who have a disability to get their accommodation forms early in the semester. For many new students this is foreign terminology. Help them understand that the ADA statement in your syllabus applies to them if they had any special services in high school or have acquired a recent disability. In college they must initiate the process! Recap on syllabus statement: Rose State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAAA). Students with disabilities who seek accommodations must make their request by contacting Student Access Services (formerly Disability Services) in Learning Resources Center (LRC), Room 106, or call (405) 733-7373.

The student will be asked to provide documentation concerning the disability. All accommodations must be approved by the Student Access Services Office. Please consider the ADA Quick Pointers below when working with students to avoid ADA conflicts.

ADA Quick Pointers

The ADAAA (The ADA Amendments Act) went into effect January 2009. It strengthens the law and rights of individuals with disabilities; and, also broadens the definition of disability to include new areas. The ADAAA overturns a decade of jurisprudence that has barred the door to ADA eligibility for many people with disabilities, including epilepsy, diabetes, intellectual and developmental disabilities, muscular dystrophy, and cancer, among many others.

The ADAAA is an anti-discrimination law. In interacting with students with disabilities, ask yourself, “Would I say this, or do this, or have this attitude in like manner with a person based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc.?” What may be said as an innocent comment to encourage a student may be taken as a statement of discrimination or put down. Some well-intended comments have ended up before a discrimination grievance hearing committee.

When planning resources for students remember that what is provided to any student must be provided in accessible format to every student. Please consider handouts, Power Points, videos, and video clips… Are these accessible for students who are blind and deaf? If you have a deaf students then videos and video clips need to be captioned. If you have a blind student, then graphs, diagrams, and any online graphics need explanations or “alt tags” to communicate what is in the graphic. Web pages need to be accessible to all. If you use My____ Lab (or other Internet based tool for homework) can the font be enlarged? Plan ahead for access!

Providing appropriate and adequate accommodations to students with disabilities is the responsibility of the entire RSC campus, not just the Student Access Services office. PLEASE follow the accommodation form. If you have questions, please call.

MANY disabilities are HIDDEN but yet are just as real as ones that require a white cane or a wheelchair. These include but are not limited to: learning disabilities, ADHD, TBI (traumatic brain injuries), many medical issues, and psychological disabilities. If a student comes with an accommodation form, that means the documentation has been reviewed and the approved accommodations are based on what was presented to Student Access Services.

Accommodations are to ensure equal access to the learning opportunity for the student with disabilities. Every student in your class should be evaluated by the same standard.

In case of an emergency, have an evacuation plan for each class location, especially if you have students with mobility-related disabilities.

 

Contact Information

Student Access Services (formerly Disability Services)
Learning Resources Center (LRC), Room 106
6420 Southeast 15th Street
Midwest City, OK 73110
(405) 733-7373