Private Colleges

The Private Colleges SIG offers AHEAD members representing private colleges and universities an opportunity to create a network of DS providers at these types of schools and address the issues and concerns unique to our institutions. This group serves as an advocate for private colleges and informs the AHEAD administration of issues relevant to us.

Contacts:

Co-Chair: Laura T. Rich, M.Ed.
Director of Access and Outreach
Campbell University

Co-Chair: Tynisha Henderson, MA. Ed. Psy.
Director of Student Accommodations & Support Services
Formerly Office of Disability Services
Elms College

FAQ

Q: What is considered a private college?
A: Private colleges and universities are any private schools open to the public. Title III of the ADAAA applies to these schools.

Q: Why should I join this group?
A: Private colleges are a special niche within higher education. This special interest group addresses the unique nature of private colleges and issues that we encounter. Although many of the school which participate in this group are small schools with one or two-person offices, and some of the DS professionals have additional responsibilities outside of their role as a DS provider, this group invites private colleges of all types and sizes to join.

Q: Is the listserv just for AHEAD members?
A: No. The listserv is open to any DS provider at a private school.

LISTSERV

There is a listserv for private colleges that addresses issues specific to our own institutional needs. If you wish to join this small, active listserv, please contact Jane Jarrow at JaneJarrow@aol.com.

MEETING NOTES

The Private Colleges SIG meets annually at the National AHEAD conference. Please check the program schedule for meeting time and place.

Below are the reports from previous conferences.

RESOURCES

Disability Laws

A Guide to Disability-Rights Laws: http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm#anchor65610

ADA Homepage: www.ada.gov

Disability Education Rights Defense Fund: International Disability Laws: http://www.dredf.org/international/lawindex.shtml

DOE OCR: SWD Preparing for Postsecondary Education: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

Section 504: 34 C.F.R. Part 104: http://www.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/edlite-34cfr104.html

Accessibility Standards (Physical Structures and Electronic and Information Technology)

U.S. Access Board: http://www.access-board.gov

U.S. Access Board Section 508 Homepage: http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm

University of Wisconsin: Web Accessibility for All: http://www.cew.wisc.edu/accessibility

Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM): http://www.webaim.org

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): http://www.w3.org/WAI

Alternative Formats

AccessTextNetwork: http://www.accesstext.org

AHEAD E-Text Instructional Materials Accessibility Group (IMAG): http://www.ahead.org/resources/e-text

American Printing House for the Blind: http://www.aph.org

Audible.com Audio Books: http://www.audible.com

Bookshare.org: http://www.bookshare.org

LearningAlly: http://www.learningally.org

Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS): http://www.loc.gov/nls

Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org

STudent E-rental Pilot Project (STEPP): http://stepp.gatech.edu/

University of Wisconsin’s Badger Accessibility Services: http://www.bas.wisc.edu

Additional Resources

Accessing Higher Ground Conference: http://accessinghigherground.org

ADA National Network: www.adata.org  

California State University Northridge Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN): http://www.csun.edu/cod/conference

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD): http://www.cosdonline.org

Disability Access Information and Support (DAIS): http://www.daisweb.com

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT): http://www.washington.edu/doit

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI): http://www.easi.cc

Heath Resource Center: http://www.heath.gwu.edu

High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU): http://www.htctu.fhda.edu

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ADA Library: http://www.jan.wvu.edu/LINKS/adalinks.htm

PEPNet: http://www.pepnet.org