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.
Co-Chair: Laura T. Rich, M.Ed.
Director of Access and Outreach
Co-Chair: Tynisha Henderson, MA. Ed. Psy.
Director of Student Accommodations & Support Services
Formerly Office of Disability Services
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.
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.
The Private Colleges SIG meets annually at the National AHEAD conference. Please check the program schedule for meeting time and place.
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
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
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
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