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Released September 20, 2005


OFFICE OF DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS AT SOUTHERN MISS
NOW UNDER AUSPICES OF DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE

Hattiesburg– 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, and buildings.

"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.

 

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October 14, 2005 3:08 PM