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Office for Students with Disabilities
Two new Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialists joined the OSD staff. Dr. Julie Morris is a clinical psychologist who has made a whirlwind tour of local college and university campuses. She has worked at Pasadena City College, Loyola Marymount University and California State University, Northridge in the areas of disabilities and general psychological counseling.
Dr. Sharon Teruya has returned to Los Angeles after twelve years in the Napa Valley area working as an associate professor of psychology and director of a program she started for students with learning disabilities and ADHD.
Dr. Arline Halper, LD Program Coordinator and Chana Bell, LD specialist, are thrilled to welcome Julie and Sharon to the LD Professional Team.
After much planning, preparation and anticipation, OSD received a facelift! The minute Spring finals were over, OSD went under the paint brush. We also have new carpeting, new work stations and, most importantly, new modules. These modules not only provide individual offices for many of our staff, but increased privacy for students who visit the OSD.
During the 1999-00 academic year, a total of 1,292 students with documented disabilities received one or more academic support services and/or parking assistance (a decrease of approximately 7% from last year). Of this number, 730 students received services other than parking and were identified in the following categories:
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A total of 562 students requested and received only parking assistance. The graph below demonstrates our overall distribution between parking only and academic service users over a five year period.
Support services were provided for students with specific Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), and students with psychological disabilities.
The Peer-Mentor Program matched new students with continuing students in our program. The mentors stayed in touch throughout the year to provide support and to answer questions. Workshops this year included: reading, writing, and notetaking strategies. Monthly support groups addressed issues such as disclosure to faculty, career exploration, memory techniques, time management, learning style assessment, stress reduction, and essay writing.
The "Working Together Orientation Workshop" was led by continuing students to address issues such as: "making it" in the quarter system, interactions with professors, and selection of classes. A "Survival Tips" Peer-Mentor Newsletter written by students in our program was distributed to all new students. An integral part of our program continues to be the screening of students for suspected learning disabilities, counseling on specific strategies, and disability-management counseling by our four learning disabilities specialists.
Students with psychological disabilities were served through a weekly support group co-facilitated by the LD Coordinator and a psychologist from Student Psychological Services as well other OSD services.
The Office for Students with Disabilities maintains a Resource Room at Powell Library that is used by students for distraction-free testing and for use of special adaptive equipment and devices. There are several computer workstations with adaptive software that are used for scanning, reading, converting materials to large print, voice recognition and other activities. In addition, there are computer labs throughout the campus available to students who do not need adaptive software.
The Office for Students with Disabilities maintains a close working relationship with the Disabilities and Computing Program (located in MSA 4909) which researches and field tests software as it becomes available and makes recommendations to students and campus departments. Students can receive training and advice on the most useful software for their individual needs. Students may contact this program on their own or be referred by the Office for Students with Disabilities. Their website is: http://www.dcp.ucla.edu/.
A total of 671 students with documented disabilities affecting their mobility were issued disability parking permits. Placards from the Department of Motor Vehicles and letters from physicians were accepted forms of verification. Permits were issued to 562 students who requested no other services from this office; permits were issued to an additional 109 students who received other academic accommodations.
A total of 6,094 on-campus van rides were given to 246 students with documented mobility impairments. This represents no change in the number of riders and a slight increase in the number of rides (3%).
The OSD worked with the Registrar's Office to compare the academic progress of students who received services from this office with all other UCLA students. The results indicate more similarities in grade point average (GPA) than differences.
Overall, students with permanent disabilities averaged just .04 grade points below all other UCLA students. The most extreme differences were noted at the freshmen level, where OSD students averaged .21 higher than other UCLA freshmen, and at the professional level (medical, dental and law school), where OSD students averaged .22 below other professional students.
Students with temporary disabilities had similar comparisons. The overall average was .03 above all other UCLA students. Freshmen with temporary disabilities averaged .40 higher than other UCLA freshmen and graduate students averaged .30 below other graduate students.
The Office of the President is currently tracking graduation and retention rates for UC students who have received academic support services at all nine campuses.
The OSD did not send our usual evaluation form to students this year because, last Spring, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Disability (CACD) conducted a needs assessment. The mission of the CACD is to identify problems, propose solutions and make recommendations to the Chancellor on matters that concern individuals with disabilities at UCLA. Students who were registered with the OSD were sent this questionnaire and asked to complete it. They were also invited to attend focus group discussions. The Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) assisted with the project. With the permission of the CACD, we were able to obtain the following information. A total of 579 surveys were sent out and 179 were returned (31%). Students rated each item on a scale from "very satisfied" to "very dissatisfied." We believe that the survey results will support feedback received from students last year and throughout this year that OSD is generally meeting their needs. The CACD will make the results of the entire needs assessment available during the 2000-2001 academic year.
Kathy Molini, Director
Dan Levitt, Assistant Director of Operations/Coordinator of the Program for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
Linda Stolt, Assistant Director of Academic Services/Proctor Coordinator
Ed McCloskey, Coordinator of the Mobility Assistance Program
Doug Gerow, Coordinator of Notetaking, Reading & Transcription Services
Dr. Arline Halper, Coordinator of the Program for Students with Learning Disabilities
Chana Bell, Learning Disabilities Specialist
Dr. Julie Morris, Learning Disabilities Specialist
Dr. Sharon Teruya, Learning Disabilities Specialist
Deb Owen, Budget Analyst/Supervisor of Technology Planning and Training
Maria E. Martin, Payroll/Personnel Administrator
George Auletta, Computer Technologist
Ariel Smith, Resource Room Assistant
Tony Buffo, Resource Room Assistant
Ninve Adams, Luis Aguilar, Oliver Drozdowicz, Donny Dumani, Joshua Hamilton, Gabriella Hernandez, Alejandro Ibarra, Cheryl Mercado, Edgardo Montoya, Erin Rech, Erin Renna, Ria Sengupta and Cori Wapnowski.