The Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA)
at the University of Southern Mississippi is
now part of the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office.
ODA is Southern Miss's designated office to
verify students' eligibility for accommodations under the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA). ODA works with eligible students on
an individual basis in developing and coordinating plans to provide
reasonable accommodations. Examples of such accommodations are accessible
housing, assistive technology, sign language interpreters, exam
modifications, note takers, readers, accessible classroom furniture,
"ODA's recent transition into the Dean
of Students Office is very positive," said Suzy Hebert, director
of the ODA. "Although ODA has always collaborated with the
Dean of Students and other departments in Student Affairs, this
change will assist our office in operating more efficiently and
broadening the awareness of disability issues."
Students benefit from the many resources that
are provided through ODA, including accommodation letters to instructors,
information coordination and appropriate referrals, liaison services
between students and Southern Miss's employees or appropriate outside
agencies, training and technical assistance for implementation of
accommodations, and a resource center for disability information.
ODA will continue to interact with all campus
offices and departments to encourage students with disabilities
full access to, and participation in, university activities. ODA,
along with the university, is committed to creating a positive campus
environment where students with disabilities are encouraged to pursue
careers on the basis of personal interest and ability.
"The ODA is a natural fit and will complement
our services to students," said Dr. Eddie Holloway, Southern
Miss Dean of Students. "Ms. Hebert brings a wealth of knowledge
and skills to our division. This addition will be seamless."
For more information about the ODA its services,
call (601) 266-5024.