Learn Coaching Skills to Enhance Your Effectiveness with Students
Tuesday, Sept 22, 2020, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, B.A., MCC, BCC, JTS Coaching
Disability service providers interact with students who need support and strategies to navigate a virtual or hybrid learning environment. In this webinar, providers will learn how to incorporate core coaching skills into conversations with students to help them effectively manage executive function, academic and social challenges. In the current environment, many students struggle with transition issues, lack of motivation and feelings of isolation. Coaching skills such as asking powerful questions, listening actively, and cultivating trust and safety are beneficial in supporting students as they traverse this rocky terrain.
An Introduction to Social Media Accessibility
Tuesday, September 29, 2020; 3:00-4:30 PM EASTERN
Melanie Thornton, M.A., University of Arkansas – Partners for Inclusive Communities
We’re all looking for ways to remain connected even as we social distance. Social media is one avenue for connecting. This show-and-tell webinar will offer tips and tools for creating an accessible social media presence. We'll cover general concepts related to digital access and then focus on specific how-to's on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
E-Accessibility: From Compliance to Culture
Thursday, October 8, 2020 3:00-4:00 EASTERN
Heidi Pettyjohn, M.A., University of Cincinnati
With so many classes moving online, digital accessibility must be a priority for higher education to stay compliant. Learn how the University of Cincinnati created a cross-functional, integrated Accessibility Network that supports the university’s capacity for ensuring full and equal access to web and digital content. We will cover tips for setting up a network to instill shared responsibility for this work and strategies for creating a communication and educational plan that integrates with your school’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Lessons learned after moving 80% of our courses and most of our operations fully online during the pandemic will also be shared.
Grit, Self-Determination and Coaching
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
David Parker, Ph.D., Children’s Resource Group
Sharon Fields, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Particularly in times of stressful transitions, coaching can help college students make self-determined choices about living a more balanced and fulfilling life. Dr. Parker will share research-based examples of how coaching helps students enhance their use of positive self-talk, connect good intentions to behavioral follow-through, and utilize resources for identifying and achieving goals that are meaningful to them. As students strengthen their executive functioning skills through coaching, they are less likely to experience the mental health challenges that can overwhelm members of this generation.
Exploring Test Accommodations in a COVID-19 World
Thursday, October 15, 2020, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Carsen Kipley, University of Arizona
Join this moderated panel for a mid-term “check in” on exam accommodations and proctoring during the pandemic. Panelists will share their experiences determining appropriate accommodations for online exams and quizzes, working with faculty, and ensuring safety and test security in on-ground and virtual environments. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own lessons learned while navigating new directions in test accommodations.
Students on the Autism Spectrum Share their Perspectives
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Jane Thierfeld-Brown, College Autism Spectrum
We often hear from "experts" about issues for students with autism. Let's hear directly from the people experiencing our campuses, the true experts. Students from various majors and wiarying years of college experience will enlighten us with their views of college, experience with transition to remote learning, strategies that work and services needed, especially with all the changes from the pandemic. Disability Service professionals who direct Autism Programs will facilitate the discussion.
Negotiating with IT Vendors Shouldn’t Feel Like a Used-Car Deal
Tuesday, October 27,2020, 3:00-4:00 EASTERN
Cyndi Wiley, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Negotiating with vendors for software contracts can be exhausting. The digital accessibility professionals at Iowa’s Regent Universities collaborated to purchase enterprise-level closed captioning minutes for asynchronous media. By using a commonsense method, the universities saved thousands of dollars by prioritizing collaboration and accessibility. Join us to learn an effective method of breaking the negotiation cycle.
Supporting Disabled Students in Virtual STEM Courses
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Paul Nolting, Hillsborough Community College
Aimee Stubbs, Broward College
Disability providers have a wide array of strategies and resources available to improve STEM success. We cannot sit on the sidelines. We need to think outside the box. Participants will be provided with a variety of resources and learn strategies in five areas: instruction, accommodations, student learning, tutoring and repeaters. Some strategies include teaching Websites, access, platform learning, study skills, testing, anxiety reduction, apps, tutoring, and workshops. You do not have to be at STEM instructor to improve success.
Accommodating Students with Disabilities in On-Campus Jobs
Thursday, November 5, 2020; 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Daryn Christenson, University of Minnesota
Staci Samson, University of Minnesota
Disability Resource Professionals are committed to supporting equitable access for students on campus in their courses and course work. What happens when the student is also an employee of the University? Participants will learn how the University of Minnesota Disability Resource Center facilitates the interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations when an individual is both a student and employee. Presenters will discuss strategies for working with supervisors and human resources, possible accommodations for common student positions, additional considerations for working with graduate students, and employment accommodations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compassion Fatigue: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Karen Andrews, M.Ed., University of California Irvine
Frances Dias, Ph.D., University of California Irvine
As advocates dedicated to accessibility, our work requires understanding, empathy, and compassion for student, faculty, and staff concerns. With the shifting landscape caused by the pandemic, resources may be even more limited than usual, demand higher and change the only certainty. The ability to remain fully present in the work without impact is impossible. Compassion Fatigue, often associated with health care providers working with trauma, is gaining attention with higher education disability services professionals. This webinar will cover the broad concept of compassion fatigue and share strategies for mitigating impact and reducing burnout and turnover.
Access Considerations for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19
Tuesday, November 17, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Paul Grossman, Hastings School of Law
Mary Lee Vance, California State University - Sacramento
Jamie Axelrod, Northern Arizona University
We will address masking and other questions pertaining to “direct threat” to health and safety posed by untested, asymptomatic, and symptomatic students with COVID-19. A paradigm for analyzing these cases will be discussed, and links to federal guidance and other useful authorities will be presented. We will also look at online (synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid) classes and discuss the accommodations required for students with sensory impairments. Given what is known and all that is unknown, what are the practical, implementable solutions? If a student refuses to wear a mask, is this a DSS problem, a health-center problem, or a matter for security and discipline? Suggested solutions will be shared.
Designing Accessible Online Learning: Tips You Can Share
Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., University of Washington
Learn how faculty, course designers, and those who work with them can contribute to the development of online classes that are fully inclusive of students with disabilities and significantly reduce the need for additional accommodations. Specific access issues, access solutions, and a universal design framework for implementation will be presented. The presenter will share resources for faculty new to this topic, as well as resources that offer in-depth technical guidance to which disability service, teaching and learning center, and department website staff on any campus can link.
Technology Tools to Support Time Management and Organization
Tuesday, November 24, 3:00-4:30 EASTERN
Rachel Kruzel, Assistive Technology, Accessibility, and Transition Consultant
With so many classes being taught remotely and staff working from home, it can be difficult for disability resource professionals to support students’ organization and time management needs. However, in the COVID academic world, keeping track of tasks, time, people, and information may be even more important than ever. Join us for a review of tools that students can use to help them manage assignments, tests, and necessary social opportunities during this nontraditional fall.
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