Access For All Training Accomplished


ACCESS for ALL Summer Institute 2008 was held July 11, 2008

Session 1
Teaching/Learning Issues for Students and Faculty with Visual/Hearing Disabilities Speakers: Malinda Carter and Laura Pannell, Itawamba Community College

Session 2
Demonstrations of Assistive Technology Software and Equipment Adaptive Solutions, Inc. representatives and other AT specialists

Session 3
How to Find and Use Free Software for Your Postsecondary Class Craig Jackson, Mississippi State University

Session 4
Serving Postsecondary Students Kris Geroux, Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

Session 5: 3 - 4 p.m.
Making Your WebCT/Blackboard Course More ADA Compliant Rich Baker, Institute for Disability Studies

For more information about Summer Institute 2008, contact Charles Hughes.

November 15, 2007
Be Prepared:  Emergency Planning for All Hazards, All People, All Stages
Emily Singer, The Catholic University of America
L. Irene Bowen, US Department of Justice

This session will focus on what can go wrong on college campuses, why it matters, and how to prepare for it. The presenters will help participants ensure that their institutions consider the needs of people with disabilities in all aspects of planning for and response to emergencies.

A discussion of practical approaches to preparing for crisis management will follow a brief overview of legal requirements.

Audience: All

Tools to Bring Your Documentation Practices into Alignment
October 18, 2007
Elaine Manglitz, Clayton State University
Nicole Palazzo, Clayton State University

This session will use AHEAD’s Best Practices for Disability Documentation in Higher Education as a foundation to help you evaluate your documentation policies in light of the Seven Essential Elements of Documentation and the role of Professional Judgment.

The presenters will use reflective exercises based on case scenarios and offer newly developed forms that you can adapt for use in your disability service center.

Audience: Novice+ to Intermediate


Summer Institute 2007
Date: September 14, 2007
Location: Mississippi Library Commission, R & E Center, Jackson
Session Descriptions
Session 1: Participants will learn to apply universal design principles, guidelines, and performance indicators
Session 2: This interactive session will explore how universal design principles can be implemented to challenge traditional mindsets by breaking down attitudinal barriers and reframing how students with hearing disabilities are viewed.
Session 3 (Optional): Demonstrations and “hands-on” assistive technology software training - IDSCaption, Inspiration, Producer, and More! Computer lab space is limited to 24 participants. Register early if you want this option!

Audio Conference
Practical Strategies to Support and Accommodate Students with Asperger Syndrome in Higher Education
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Featured Speakers: Rodney E. Pennamon, Director, and Louise Bedrossian, Instructional Services Coordinator, both from the Margaret A. Staton Office of Disability Services at Georgia State University

With new research indicating that 1 in 150 individuals are affected by autism, it's increasingly important for higher education institutions to not only understand the latest research on Asperger syndrome - a disorder on the autism spectrum - but also to know the proper accommodations and support services for these students. In this 90-minute audio conference, Rodney E. Pennamon and Louise Bedrossian will explain how disability service providers, student affairs advisors, counselors, enrollment managers and other administrators on campus can best address the specific needs of students with AS, from coping with sensory sensitivity to overcoming communication difficulties. The presenters will define Asperger syndrome and share their experienced guidance to help you:

  • Understand how students with AS see the world

  • Provide students with a smooth transition to college life

  • Interpret assessment results

  • Capitalize on focused interests to help students choose majors and careers

  • Determine and implement appropriate accommodations

  • Link success strategies to student retention

  • Coordinate campus and community resources

  • Deal with issues beyond ADA/504-mandated accommodations

The Role of Disability Services in Accommodating Students Online

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Featured Speakers: Jane Jarrow

Dr. Jarrow will cover the following topics and more in detail in her presentation:

  1. Why does distance matter when providing accommodations to students with disabilities? Why can't we use our existing framework for delivering services to students in online and blended classes, just as we do for traditional, seated classes?

  2. Since Section 504 and the ADA were both enacted long before the Internet or online education/learning were in use in higher education, do the laws have anything pertinent to say in sorting out our responsibilities?

  3. Is the institution responsible for providing the assistive technology students with disabilities need to access online classes?

  4. Which of our policies/procedures need(s) to be changed -- and why?

  5. What questions should I be asking -- and of whom -- in figuring out what accommodations to assign to students with disabilities?

    What new alliances must be forged with institutional personnel in order to have both the authority to get things done and the contacts to make it happen?

  6. We have had very little contact from students with disabilities in online classes, so apparently they are not experiencing a great deal of difficulty. Is this really such a problem?

Plus -- you'll get the chance to ask Dr. Jarrow your own questions prior to the audio conference as well as during the live Q&A session following the presentation!

Audio Conference: Understanding the Gap Between High School Preparation and College Preparedness for Students with Disabilities

Date: Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Featured Speakers: Jane Jarrow and Kathy Hoffman
Location: Institute for Disability Studies, The University of Southern Mississippi

 Program Highlights

  • Legal differences between IDEA and 504/ADA -- entitlement v. eligibility
  • Practical differences in the implementation of legal mandates -- changing the curriculum to suit the student v. manipulating the environment to facilitate equal access
  • Reciprocity across systems is not a legal mandate
  • Different reasons for testing lead to different timing/type of documentation required
  • Same words, different meanings -- labels can (appropriately) change
  • Common myths/misunderstandings about the legal obligation of K-12 and of postsecondary institutions
  • A special case -- 504 plans and the new SOP requirements
  • Resources to help education and prepare all the stakeholders in the transition process

DSS Issues:  The Use and Abuse of Documentation in Higher Education
Speakers:  Dr. Jane Jarrow and Dr. Lydia Block
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: University of Southern Mississippi , Hattiesburg Campus, Institute for Disability Studies Library, Bond Hall, Fourth Floor

Who should attend?

  • Postsecondary Disability Service Providers
  • College and University Administrators
  • ADA Coordinators/ Compliance Officers

The purpose of requesting documentation of disability is two-fold: (1) to establish eligibility for protection as a person with a disability, and (2) to determine what, if any, accommodations may be necessary to assure equal access. While much has been said about what information to collect -- i.e., what constitutes adequate documentation -- the field has been much less introspective on the topic of how the information collected can/should be used.

Summer Institute - "Hands-On" Software Training
For Mississippi's Community College and University Administrators, Faculty and Disability Support Staff September 14 and 15, 2006. Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS

  • Camtasia Studio gives you the power to easily record your screen, PowerPoint presentations, voice, and Web camera video to create compelling video tutorials or training presentations for Web and CD.
  • Microsoft Producer is an add-on tool for MS Office PowerPoint 2003. Producer 2003 is designed to let you easily incorporate audio, video, HTML files and still images with your MS PowerPoint slides to create dynamic and rich-media presentation.
  • The introduction of IDS Caption, the latest captioning software on the market designed an developed by IDS to transcribe, easily synchronize captions, output synchronization files to seamlessly use with Windows Media or Microsoft Producer presentations. Free beta copies were provided during the session. To download your own copy, visit

Distance Learning Up Close, Audio Conference, Dr. Jane Jarrow
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2006, Time: 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: The University of Southern Mississippi

In this session, Dr. Jarrow covered:

  1. How to make sure you know when students with disabilities enroll in distance learning classes so that you can be proactive in arranging accommodations
  2. The documentation you need regarding their disability and how will it be gathered
  3. How to use a "functional limitations" approach to determine students' needs as related to typical distance learning activities
  4. What the institutional responsibilities are in providing necessary assistive technology and monitoring web-based accessibility to course content/activities
  5. How to provide effective accommodations to students you never see -- and may not have ever met!

A CD copy is available for checkout. Email or call 1.888.671.0051.

"Hand's-On" Training Seminar: Using Microsoft® Producer
Rich Baker, April 28, 2005 (Jackson)

Easily capture and synchronize audio and video with slides from your PowerPoint presentations. Wizards can help you create rich-media presentations by following a few easy steps. Using no equipment other than a microphone (and, if desired, a video camera), you can record audio and video and synchronize it with PowerPoint slides. Create an engaging portable or Web-based rich-media presentation that can help the audience understand and remember your message. You'll be able to take the information you've learned from this seminar along with the provided software and your own PowerPoint presentations and PRODUCE your own MS Producer training materials at NO ADDITIONAL expense.

Training was conducted in Hattiesburg on April 26, 2006 and in Jackson on April 28, 2006 from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.

Principles of Universal Design
Dr. Elgen Hillman, March 10, 2005 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Universal Design is a holistic system of planning, teaching, and learning that is on an emerging frontier in educational programming. One of the primary goals of this workshop was to provide an overview of the principles and basic structure of the Universal Design system and basic effective and efficient teaching strategies for instruction within the system. The core objective of this training was to inform faculty and staff regarding new and innovative ways to adapt and modify how they teach, communicate, and interact with ALL university students, including those with disabilities - the goal at the heart of Universal Design.

Web Accessibility for ALL
Dr. Steve Yuen,   Feb. 24, 2005, 9 - 11 a.m.

The presentation provided an overview of Web accessibility and the legal requirements. The presenter will examined Web access issues faced by learners with disabilities and how instructional Web sites can be designed to improve accessibility. Also, the presentation discussed basic design principles of Web accessibility to ensure learners have equal access to online information. In addition, guidelines, tips, and resources for developing accessible Web sites were provided.