September 2022 Edition of Inside Equal Access

Alison Haynes and Amanda Feaster
A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: FALL IS IN THE AIR!

Welcome back to campus, Flashes Family! Over the summer, we've redesigned webpages, created trainings, and written fresh articles to make learning simpler. 

STUDENTS: Check out "Olivia's Story" and "IEP vs. Accommodations" below. Review and share our Fall Tips for SAS Students.
STAFF: We've opened ALL trainings to students and guests, as well as employees. So have your team sign up and we'll get everyone educated on creating accessible content.
FACULTY: Check out the For Faculty page that we built just for you! Also, share the Equal Access Academy trainings with your classes- they'll gain invaluable professional skills. Maybe build a module around one or incentivize their attendance.

You can find specialized help on a variety of topics at Equal Access Help Topics. We launch two new trainings this semester: Creating Accessible Courses in Canvas and Writing Accessible Code, taught by subject matter experts from three different divisions. This brings our number of unique, subject-specific trainings in the Equal Access Academy to TWELVE; many offered twice in each semester. Hope to see you soon!

If you're a student, staff or faculty member who is passionate about our content and have experience with journalistic writing or web design, please consider volunteering as a writer or digital editor. Paid, hourly positions and internship opportunities available for students. Please email EqualAccess@kent.edu to express your interest.

 

Olivia Myers shares her experience transitioning from high school to college as a student with a disability. She briefly highlights the differences between having an IEP in high school and accommodations in college. She also answers some important questions that the new KSU students with disabilities might have.

This summer, Justin Bieber made headlines when he posted on Instagram about having Ramsay Hunt syndrome and then canceled part of his world tour. Does this help normalize talk about our bodies and our holistic health? Editorial by Alison Haynes.

You may come to Kent State carrying the baggage of past fears, shortcomings, and failures that were associated with your high school accommodation process. Thankfully, the process of acquiring accommodations at the college level is very different from high school and more personalized to address what you actually need.

Lifting COVID-19 precautions months ago means that policies that protected immunocompromised people during the pandemic are disappearing. This article presents some examples of immunocompromised people's struggle after the removal of COVID restrictions.

 

New Accommodations Website for Faculty

Learn everything about accommodations and how to implement them in Canvas.

Course Accommodations Info for Faculty

 

  • December 1, 2022; 11:00am - 12:00pm. This foundational workshop explores mistaken assumptions about disability and accessibility and the experiences of our students with disabilities.

  • December 6, 2022; 3:30pm - 5:00pm. Content creators, staff and student, will learn to create accessible social media posts, flyers, videos, and digital displays. 

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022; 11:00am-12:00pm. We'll teach you ways to ensure an accessible course plus step-by-step tutorials on how to make it all happen in Canvas. Recommended for instructors and instructional designers.

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022; 11:00am-12:00pm. How does a guinea pig help with disability? Can I pet my friend's Seeing Eye dog? Do I have to allow an emotional support cat in my class? Come get answers to these questions and more.

 

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