Disability Services Center

Faculty Professional Development Workshops

Please join DSC Director Joanne Benica, and Assistant Director Andrea Jaehnig for the DSC Faculty Professional Development Series, sponsored by the Center for Collaboration and Development.  Workshops will be held on all three campuses.  Registration will be limited to room capacity at each location.  Lunch or light refreshments will be served conrresponding to workshop start time.

Fall 2017

Tuesday, 10/03 @ 11:30 - Portland: Your Role in ADA Compliance @ the CCD, 325 Glickman

How does the Americans with Disabilities Act operate on a college campus? How does USM work to ensure equal access to students with disabilities? This presentation was developed to provide an overview of USM’s obligation to students with disabilities. There will be a specific emphasis on the collaboration between faculty and the Disability Services Center (DSC). Topics will include the accommodations process, disability law, and determining reasonable accommodations.  Lunch will be served.  RSVP required.  Maximum participants 20.

Tuesday, 10/24 @ 11:30 - Gorham:  Helping Distressed Students: A Panel Discussion with Representatives from University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS), the DSC, and Title IX Office @ the CCD, Bailey Hall Library, Room 223-E

Participants can expect to gain a broader understanding and awareness of college mental health topics and issues. This will include specific information on best practices for helping a student in crisis. Confidentiality, faculty responsibilities, and specific university resources will also be covered. Lunch will be served.  RSVP required. Maximum participants 16.

Wednesday, 11/8 @ 10:30 - LAC: Your Role in ADA Compliance @ the LAC, Room 103

How does the Americans with Disabilities Act operate on a college campus? What’s the purpose and how does USM work to ensure equal access to students with disabilities? This presentation will provide an overview of USM’s obligation to our students with disabilities. There will be a specific emphasis on the collaboration between faculty and the Disability Services. Topics will include the accommodations process, disability law, and determining reasonable accommodations. Light refreshments will be served.  Followed by CCD Coffee and Faculty meeting. RSVP requested. Maximum participants 37.

Wednesday, 12/13 @ 11:30 - Portland: Psychiatric Disabilities: Best Practices Classroom Accommodations @ the CCD, 325 Glickman

Mental health issues are widespread on college campuses and can ultimately lead to decreased academic success for our students. In the last academic year, the Disability Services Center saw a 63% increase in the number of students seeking services for a documented psychiatric disability.  This presentation will offer the opportunity for discussion of best practices to support students in the classroom. Topics will include common accommodations, the referral process, and helpful university resources. Lunch will be served.  RSVP required. Maximum participants 20.

Spring 2018

Wednesday, 1/24 @ 11:30 - Gorham: Accommodating Student Veterans @ the CCD, Bailey Hall Library, Room 223-E

Some veterans arrive on campus with service-connected disabilities. In collaboration with the Coordinator of Veterans Services  at USM, this presentation will offer an opportunity to discuss the unique needs of our student veterans and how we provide access and support. Topics will include the issue of stigma and how to make a referral to the Disability Services Center.  Lunch will be served.  RSVP required.  Maximum participants 16.

Tuesday, 2/13 @ 11:30 - Portland: Animals on Campus: What's Legal and What Can I Ask? @ the CCD, 325 Glickman

What is the legal definition of a service animal?  What can I ask if a student comes to class with a dog? What’s the difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal? This presentation will answer these questions and offer guidance on the university’s legal obligation. Lunch will be served.  RSVP required.  Maximum participants 20.

Tuesday, 3/6 @ 11:30 - Gorham: Accessibility Considerations for Online Course Design @ the CCD, Bailey Hall Library, Room 223-E

This session is designed to increase understanding of the unique needs of students with disabilities taking online courses. The session will focus on the student experience and will review basic foundational practices that create accessible digital learning experiences. Topics include basic characteristics of disabilities; resources and assistance provided for both students and faculty; practical considerations when developing courses; and steps for ensuring accessibility of course readings and educational materials. Lunch will be served.  RSVP required. Maximum participants 16.

Wednesday, 4/4 @ 11:30 - Portland: Syllabus Inventory:  Are your Digital Text Readings Accessible? @ the CCD, 325 Glickman

The format of electronic documents can present barriers to students who have visual and learning disabilities. This session is designed to increase understanding of the unique needs of students with disabilities in accessing required digital course content. Topics will include best practices for syllabus design, important features of accessible documents, and strategies for creating accessible documents. Lunch will be served.  RSVP required. Maximum participants 20.

Wednesday, 5/9 @ 11:30 - Gorham: Supporting Students with Hidden Disabilities @ the CCD, Bailey Hall Library, Room 223-E

Students with hidden disabilities make up the largest percentage of students served at the Disability Services Center. A hidden disability includes  students with chronic medical conditions or diagnosed psychiatric or learning disabilities. This presentation is designed to discuss the stigma often associated with hidden disabilities and identify ways faculty can support students in the and out of the classroom. Lunch will be served.  RSVP required. Maximum participants 16.

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