Student Disability Issues Committee
Held on: September 16, 2010,
Held at: Communication 101
I. Call Meeting to Order 3:00pm
Callie Trahan, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SFSWD)
Trina Nolen, Library
Jack Butler, Assoc. VP Facilities
Connie Howard, Speech and Hearing Sciences
Don Curl, human Resources
Priscilla Parson, Networking
Shellie Richter, Enterprise App & Integration
II. Welcome / Introductions
AY 2010 Committee Member List was distributed
III. Old Business
Service Animal Procedure:
A fact sheet, Highlights of Final Rule to amend the Department of Justice’s Regulation Implementing Title II of the ADA (ADA Reg.), was handed to attending members and will go into effect March 20, 2011. The Fact Sheet is available for review at http://www.ada.gov/. The committee will use this information to further the process of creating a Service Animal Procedure. Callie updated the committee that early this year, a proposed policy, specific to service animals, was sent out for feedback; however, since, the ADA Amendments Act has been released and addresses Service Animals specifically, that law will be used to determine LU’s procedures.
IV. New Business
A. Service Animal Procedure as Determined by State Law
The committee will focus on this issue, as it relates to service animals on-campus, in residence life and assigning accommodations. Callie will compare the proposed policy against the new (ADAA) and report back to the committee.
Callie commented that students with animals can be questioned about what task the service animal performs. Also, that the ADAA defines service animals, specifically to be “service dogs”. Other animals have been excluded, with the exception of miniature horses in certain circumstances.
Jack asked if Lamar has a lot of students who have service animals.
Callie mentioned that the numbers are very low at this time. Last semester, three students had service animals; however one student graduated in August.
B. IT for Distance Education Courses:
Callie informed the committee that the Office of Civil Rights has contacted college and university presidents addressing the need to become fully accessible for all student in regards to “all” technologies. She further mentioned, that Lamar has to be proactive and not reactive to these issues
Closed Captioning (CC):
Callie is concerned that CC is not being considered in lesson plans. A prime example is a SFSWD deaf student registered for a Fall 2010 on-line class who reported not having CC for a required video viewing. Furthermore, faculty members receive prior notices from SFSWD that students with disabilities are registered for their classes.
Shellie questioned if all electronic delivery needs to be CC? Callie replied, yes.
She further inquired if CC is better than interpreters, Callie mentioned that CC is preferred and the best (doesn’t leave anyone out, i.e. Hard of Hearing) medium. Furthermore, she asked if a policy may need to be implemented concerning the purchase of items, like CD’s, because CC would need to be available. The committee will give further thought into this issue.
Description of pictures/videos:
A concern was introduced that any and all pictures and or videos should contain a description.
V. Issues from Committee Members
A. Callie mentioned that student issues can’t receive response until SFSWD is directly contacted by the student with the concern. SFSWD does respond to hear-say information.
B. Priscilla inquired about Cardinal Village’s (CV) transition to Time Warner for video relay (VR) service? CV’s representative, Quentin, was unavailable—so, Callie will e-mail to confirm transition of VR service.
C. Shellie voiced a concern about deaf individuals who are receiving emergency notifications (EN). The information is not in an accessible format and something needs to be done to ensure that the deaf community receives EN. Furthermore, EN are typically sent through phone and e-mail (audio-only). Text needs to be added as a medium for the deaf. Kay Blankenship (Records) handles getting student’s information formatted in Banner and she may be a good point of contact to get information from deaf students to upload into the system.
D. Jack mentioned that a new siren at Lavaca and University Drive has been installed and is ready for testing.
The meeting was closed at 3:50pm
VI. Next Meeting Date/Time/Place
October 21, 2010 3:00 – 4:00
AY2010: Third Thursday each month
Communication Building Room 101
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