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Fall 1998 UCLA
UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the 1998-1999 academic year! It seems incredible that summer has come and gone and that Fall Quarter is about to begin. Hope you had a great time this summer and that you got to do some fun and interesting things. If you would like to share them with us by writing an article for the OSD newsletter, please contact Thabi Moloi. This summer at OSD was a busy one. Some of the highlights include:
New Staff Member
George Auletta joined our staff as OSD’s first full-time computer technologist. George is originally from the state of New York. He has an extensive computer engineering background and in the past has assisted in teaching UCLA Extension classes on acting and directing, video editing, and production sound. His hobbies include computers, linux and diku/mud. George enjoys swimming, surfing and watching movies. OSD staff and students who use the Resource Room will benefit greatly from his expert skills when things go awry. We are so pleased to have George on board.
OSD Resource Room
I encourage everyone to visit the OSD Resource Room in Powell Library. Over the summer part of the facility was reconstructed. The changes are designed to enhance the effectiveness of the activities that take place there.
New Student Reception
On September 29 from 9am to 11am, the OSD is holding a reception on the Murphy Hall Patio to welcome new and continuing students to campus. At the reception, students will have an opportunity to meet OSD staff and other campus folks, see technology demonstrations and "schmoze" with other students. I encourage you to come…and oh, there will be goodies too! Be sure to drop by and let us know how things are going!
- OSD Services
- Resource Rm. Changes
- Success Strategies
- Dates to Remember
If you would like to contribute items of interest to New Horizons, contact Thabi Moloi at (310) 825-1501 (V) or (310) 206-6083 (TDD). Any comments or suggestions are encouraged.
The OSD is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. For further information, call:
Voice (310) 825-1501
TDD (310) 206-6083
Van (310) 825-2263
Fax (310) 825-9656
Whether you are a new or continuing student, the OSD is here to assist you. There are many academic support services that the OSD has to offer regularly enrolled UCLA students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities. These disability-based services include:
Provided for students with a wide variety of disabilities. There are three approaches to this service: ASUCLA Lecture Notes, Volunteer Stipend Approach, and Classroom Assistant. The approach selected for a particular student will be determined after discussion with the Notetaker Coordinator and based on verified need.
As an academic adjustment, a student with a disability may need alternative test-taking conditions. Depending upon the disability documentation, appropriate testing accommodations for students may include: the exam printed in large print or Braille; additional time for the exam; one-on-one assistance such as the proctor reading the test questions and/or writing the student’s answers. Please contact the Proctor Coordinator for further information.
Provided primarily for eligible students with learning disabilities, visual impairments or disabilities impacting manual dexterity, this service involves the conversion of information in any format into another format (tape to transcript, text to Braille, handwriting to typed, etc.).
The OSD will first facilitate membership in RFBD (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) for eligible students. If the readings are unavailable through RFBD, then readings may be done live or onto a tape. Scanning involves using a computer to scan the material and convert it to a word processing program which can, in turn, be converted into Braille, large print or a speech synthesized reading program.
Technology Resources for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities maintains a Resource Room in Powell 181 that is used by students for distraction-free testing and use of special adaptive equipment and devices. There are several computer workstations with adaptive software that are used for scanning, reading, editing, large print, voice recognition and other activities. In addition, there are computer labs throughout the campus available to students who need regular technology.
The Office for Students with Disabilities maintains a close working relationship with the Disabilities and Computing Program which researches and field tests adaptive technology as it comes out and makes recommendations to students and campus departments. Students can receive training on the software 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.
Priority Enrollment/ Registration Assistance
Priority enrollment is available to undergraduate students with disabilities that impact their ability to get from class to class quickly, students who need to arrange for service providers or students who must take a reduced course load. Students requiring disability-based registration assistance, may contact the OSD for more information.
Mobility Assistance Program
On-Campus Van Service
This service offers academically related rides to students with mobility disabilities which impact their ability to travel around campus. Van service is provided from 7:20am to 5:40pm, Monday through Thursday. Friday hours are 7:20am to 5:00pm.
All students with permanent or temporary disabilities or medical conditions must apply for parking directly at the OSD. Please contact the OSD by phone (267-2004) in order to arrange for an appointment. Students with Department of Motor Vehicle Disability Placards or Plates must bring their placard ID to their appointment.
Students without DMV disability plates or placards must have a Disability Verification Form completed by a health care professional in order to apply for parking. This form can be obtained from the OSD. Parking is granted only if a disability-based need is stated in the documentation.
The Mobility Assistance Coordinator will authorize appropriate parking. The application then needs to be taken to Parking Services for payment, processing and issuance of a permit and gate key.
Students with visual impairments may request a campus orientation and mobility session with the Mobility Assistance Coordinator. The student will learn to traverse the campus as he/she would during a regular day - - going from the classroom to labs, lecture halls, or bus stops.
Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
In order to participate fully in classes and activities, students who are hearing impaired may receive Sign Language interpreting or real-time captioning. Interpreters use American Sign Language to interpret what the teachers and students say Real-time captioning uses the same method and equipment used by court reporters. In the classroom students see and read the verbatim lecture on a laptop computer.
Program for Students with Learning Disabilities
The Learning Disabilities Program serves students with documented specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, acquired brain injury, and students with psychological disabilities. Based on their disability-related needs, students may receive extended time for exams, notetakers, tutorial services, textbooks on tape, adaptive technology, alternative testing format, disability-related counseling and may participate in learning strategies workshops, support groups and peer mentor program.
Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
Reading machines and voice-synthesized editing programs are available in our Resource Room, Powell 181. These aids may be used to compensate for reading and writing difficulties. The following assistive technology is available for student use:
Bookwise Reading Program: Bookwise is a "friendly" reading program that uses a voice synthesizer to read aloud to students. Popular features of this software include a dictionary to define unfamiliar vocabulary, easily adjustable reading rates and a selection of computer voices (e.g. Perfect Paul). You can readily edit your papers by turning on the computer voice.
Openbook: Openbook is a "scan n’ read" computer program. It will scan a full page in less than 15 seconds and read aloud to students. Text can also be saved on disk for reading at a later time.
Please contact a Learning Disability Specialist to determine your eligibility to use this assistive technology, and for a demonstration.
Other Services at the OSD
Other Services offered by this office include: Housing Assistance, Tutorial Referrals, Disability Management Counseling and Information and Referral among others.
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Assistant Director of Operations / Coordinator of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program
Mobility Assistance Coordinator
Budget Analyst / Supervisor of Technology Planning & Training
Assistant Director of Academic Services / Proctor Coordinator
OSD INFORMATION LINE
206-2737 SAVE THIS NUMBER!
This number will give you 24-hour access to information pertinent to OSD services, campus construction, accessiblity and deadlines. Announcements will be updated as necessary by the OSD. Callers will receive recorded messages up to five minutes in length; however they will not be able to leave messages.
Tuesday, September 29
9:00 -11:00 am
Murphy Hall Patio
OSD students are invited to attend and meet OSD staff and service coordinators. The agenda will consist of a tour of our resource room, a discussion of OSD procedures for accessing services, demonstrations of adaptive equipment, and suggestions for time management and other effective learning strategies to facilitate your success at UCLA.
Visit this site for more information regarding the programs and services and the New Horizons library offered by the Office for Students with Disabilities. Questions may be asked directly through the Internet. A personalized response will be emailed.
The Access Web links together approximately 30 UCLA departments and programs that provide information or accommodations for persons with disabilities and allows Internet users to find information and services at UCLA quickly. Also look for it at the bottom of the UCLA homepage.
EVENING VAN SERVICE
Beginning Monday, October 5, the Community Service Officers (CSO) will provide evening van service using the OSD wheelchair-lift equipped van. Transportation will be available Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm to 12 midnight from 26 pre-designated spots on campus and in the apartments just west of campus. Please refer to the "Evening Van Service Community Service Officer (CSO) Programs" brochure available at the OSD, the campus police station and other offices on campus for more information.
The OSD van will be part of the fleet of CSO vehicles that have both a clockwise and counter clockwise pattern for pick-ups and drop-offs. Even though the OSD van may not be the vehicle on a specific route, riders are asked to get the attention of the CSO driver at the stop site so that the driver can utilize the radio to get the OSD van to that stop as quickly as possible. The OSD van will then follow the established CSO route.
This new arrangement allows for much greater flexibility for OSD students. There is no longer a need to make a reservation before 12 noon for an after-hours ride Monday through Thursday. Friday evening and weekend rides will continue to be handled by the OSD on a reservation basis.
The CSO Escort Program is available for students with disabilities. Students should call 794-WALK to make reservations for an escort.
HAVE YOU MOVED?
Please remember to let the OSD know each time you change your address in order to continue to receive the newsletter and other important mailings (e.g. priority enrollment, proctoring, van transportation, etc.) Changing your address with the Registrar’s Office DOES NOT change your address here. You can call the office or come in and fill out a "change of address" slip. It’s quick and easy and assures you that you won’t miss information or notifications.
Over the summer, the Resource Room underwent a major renovation; we divided the large center room into an office and work space. There is now a new entrance (one door over to the right), and the Proctor Coordinator’s office has been moved to the opposite corner, just inside of the new entrance. These changes will help reduce noise and distractions for students taking tests.
The Resource Room is open regularly from Mon. – Fri. from 8am to 5pm. If after-hours access to the Resource Room is needed in order for a student to meet their academic requirements, the student can make a request by notifying Linda Stolt at 825-2651 or 267-2006.
Students, Faculty and Staff:
In the event of an emergency
for recorded information
Union of Students with Disabilities(USD)
The mission of the Union of Students with Disabilities is to ensure full accessibility of education opportunity for disabled students at UCLA. The USD also offers disabled peer support and plans programs and events aimed at raising the campus consciousness about disability-related issues. If interested in becoming involved please contact chairperson Laura V. Herrera via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the OSD for more information.
The Learning Disabilities Program is off to a flying start this year with more than 35 new students entering UCLA in the Fall! Each new student with a learning disability who registers with OSD is assigned a peer mentor who will be in contact with the student to welcome them and to answer any questions about UCLA or OSD.
Our first Peer-Mentor meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29 in Murphy Hall A151 from 1:00 to 3:00. This meeting will be led by peer-mentors who will share their own experiences of how they made it through their first UCLA quarter and respond to any questions by new students. Please join us for this important meeting.
Subsequent monthly Peer-Mentor meetings will focus on strategies and issues of concern to students with learning disabilities, such as time management, and how to disclose their disability to faculty. Topics to be selected will be based on the results of a survey conducted last Spring. Meeting dates and times will be announced shortly.
Our Learning Disabilities Specialists, Arline Halper and Chana Bell are available to meet with each student individually to write letters to faculty, to develop personal strategies and consultation based on each student’s unique needs. Please leave a message with Arline at 825-1501 or Chana at 825-1501 with two or three dates and times that you are available. It is very important to make your appointments for test proctoring early (first two or three weeks) in the Quarter.
Get Ready for Classes
I found it helpful to talk with other students about classes and professors. And whenever possible, I obtained the syllabi prior to registering for classes, or at least prior to the first class meetings. I also attempted to peruse the assigned readings before enrolling in classes. All of these things enabled me to decide whether or not particular classes and/ or professors were a good match for me - for example, what kinds of test taking methods would be employed, would lectures be well organized thus facilitating notetaking , etc.
Sit in Front of the Room
Sit in the first few rows of the classroom/ lecture hall. This keeps you focused on the professor and makes the class feel smaller. It is common knowledge that there are many good reasons for sitting near to the front of the room as possible. Some of the reasons are to be able to make eye contact with the professors, to be able to hear everything that the professors says and to be less susceptible to distractions.
Go to Class
Skip class as little as possible. An hour of lecture can clear up three hours of at-home reading. You tell yourself "I’ll spend the time I’m skipping lecture to read the book" but this rarely happens and you miss the emphasis on the material as stated by the professor (and probably hints of what will be on the exam!)
Record Lectures (when possible)
Recording lectures enabled me to compile more accurate class notes. Additionally, I found it also enabled me to better focus on what was being said instead of being preoccupied with the possibility of missing key information. This also afforded me the opportunity to hear the lectures again, thus solidifying the information in my mind. (Note: using a recorder with a number indicator enables you to use a helpful listening strategy. During the lecture, when you hear important information, look at the number indicator on the recorder, and write that number in your notes in the margin. When reviewing your notes, you can fast forward to those sections, and hear only the most essential parts of the lecture again.)
Any student at UCLA will tell you that the way to be successful as a student is by getting to know your professors. However approaching your professors can be intimidating especially when it comes to discussing your disability. Many of the services you will receive depend on you conferring with your professors.
The first week is usually chaotic for teachers and students alike. By the second to the third week your professor should be relaxed enough to listen to you carefully. Also, there will be more certainity regarding your final class schedule.
Sit in the front rows of the class. Greet professors when you see them on campus and when going to their office hours. A word on office hours: make an appointment with the Professor. The appointment allows you more one-on-one time with the professor, and the professor will get to know and remember you. When you meet with your professors you should already have set in your mind what it is that you are going to discuss with your professors. If you are meeting your professors in regards to disability based accommodations, make sure you are clear as to what your role is and what exactly you need your professors to do. Also you may want to bring a letter from the OSD verifying your disability.
Always make it a point to stick your head in professors’ offices occasionally just to say "hello;" it’s good politics. There is a thing called "College Politics" and very few students are aware of this. In essence try to create a relationship with your teachers that may or may not extend past the class. Both starting a dialogue and creating a relationship with your teachers early on in the quarter will prove beneficial to you throughout the quarter (and your future).
Get organized immediately. It doesn’t matter what the system , just get one and use it! Plan your days the night before you go to bed, e.g., phone calls, appointments, tests, papers and reading assignments. This is a necessary tool for success at UCLA.
Use OSD Services
Use the programs at OSD to your advantage. Notetaking, proctoring, and Peer Mentor groups can make your life easier. Everyone can always use a little help.
Working with your Service Provider (Notetakers, Readers, Tutors, etc.)
When working with your service provider, it is important to remember to keep the lines of communication open. Students who have developed a relationship with their service provider have reported greater satisfaction with the services. Once a service provider is selected, it is a good idea to make contact with the person.
Hard of Hearing Students in the Classroom
Most people have had experience with a family member who is hard of hearing. Often, merely repeating what you have said will be sufficient to allow the person to understand. But, one-to-one interaction is easier to control than large group or classroom situations. In the classroom distance makes it more difficult to speech-read, bad acoustics exacerbate problems in understanding, and when the teacher faces the chalkboard all understanding could be lost.
For a student who is hard of hearing, it is often difficult to hear faint or distant speech, discern subtle conversational cues, follow fast-paced verbal exchanges and hear the fine word-sound distinctions that denote plurality, tense, possessives, and other important parts of the language. Even students with slight hearing losses can have problems in these areas. A student with such a hearing loss may miss critical sounds and lose general understanding. Academic potential may be easily compromised. For speech to be intelligible, a person must be able to discriminate the word-sound distinctions of individual phonemes. Otherwise, speech may be considered merely audible, meaning that the person is simply able to detect its presence. Hearing loss distorts or eliminates incoming sounds, especially sounds from a distance--even a short distance. Hearing loss itself is invisible, easily ignored, and its impact often underestimated.
Hearing in the Classroom
There are significant factors that affect hearing in the classroom. As the teacher moves back and forth, the distance from the teacher varies and the intensity of the sound varies, as well. While it might seem that just talking louder should solve all listening problems, it may not. When someone speaks loudly, vowel energy is increased, but consonant energy is not increased to the same degree. Speaking louder generally increases audibility, but it may decrease intelligibility! This is why an Assistive Listening Device may be critical for a student who is hard of hearing.
What is an Assistive Listening Device?
An Assistive Listening Device is a miniaturized wireless microphone system . The small microphone is connected to a pager-sized sending unit and the microphone is clipped to the teacher’s lapel. The student can sit anywhere in the class and hear the lecture clearly. The teacher’s voice comes through at comfortable, conversational levels, without distracting noises. The student may adjust the volume on their receiving unit for the best possible comprehension level.
Built-in Assistive Listening Devices
The following lecture halls are fitted with built-in infra-red assistive listening systems that work off the built-in microphone system. The teacher need only use the microphone that is for the room. The student uses a special receiving unit, which is compatible with the existing built-in infra-red listening system. These are the same systems that are commonly found in theaters.
- Boelter 2444, 3400
- Botany 325
- Dickson 3273
- Dodd 147, 161, 175
- Fowler A103
- Franz 1260
- Geffen Theatre
- Knudsen 1200B, 1220B, 1240B
- Moore 100
- Public Policy 2214, 2232
- Rolfe 1200
- Royce Hall
- Wadsworth Theatre
- Young 22200
If you would like further information about Assistive Listening Devices, please contact Dan Levitt at (310) 825-1501
Are Your Career Possibilities Limited?
Only to the extent that you think they are! As Whoopi Goldberg stated, "I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities."
Your career goals and aspirations, more so than any other circumstance, determine your career path. Where do you see yourself headed? If you are unsure of or dissatisfied with that image, come to the Career Center to get a clearer picture for yourself.
A major highlight of the fall quarter is the JOBS FOR BRUINS career fair. Hundreds of employers will be on hand in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, October 8th! It's an excellent opportunity for you to gather information about a variety of career fields and to begin to explore how these fit with your career goals.
The Career Center has three helpful handouts you might want to read ahead of time:
- The Three Minute Career Fair Encounter
- Make the Most of the Career Fair: Ask Questions, and
- The Resume: Your Best 30 Second Advertisement.
In addition, you can take advantage of some of our other services: workshops, career research information, internship leads, job listings, campus interviews and career counseling.
Why wait until your senior year? Start early and enjoy the process.
Visit us in person Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM, Tuesdays 9 AM - 7 PM or anytime at our web site: career.ucla.edu
For more information contact Al Aubin (206-1935) or Cynthia Thomas (206-1940).
FALL 1998 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Construction has just started on the Westwood Plaza Office Building located immediately next to Parking Structure 8. This building will house the Career Center, Environment, Health and Safety, the Ombuds Office and Mail and Document Services. Construction to be complete in about a year and a half. Due to the construction of this building, the main entrance to Parking and Commuter Services has been closed. New entrances are on the second level parking area from Strathmore Drive and the ramp from the south side between the structure and the Police Department. The west sidewalk of Westwood is closed from Strathmore south to the Police Station.
During the summer months a traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Westwood and Strathmore to ease pedestrian and vehicular crossings.
Hershey Hall is undergoing seismic repairs and an extensive remodel. Hershey is no longer a Residence Hall. Beginning in January Hershey Hall will be temporarily home for many offices currently located in Haines Hall.
Construction of the new Gonda Research Facility is just about completed. The east sidewalk of Westwood remains closed from Circle Drive north to the entrance to Parking Structure 9.
The expansion of Parking Structure 4 (underneath the Wooden Center and Soccer Fields) was finished late this summer. Construction continues in the area adjacent to Lot 4 with the Janns Auto Court (underground parking below the Janns Steps) and the repairs to the Dance Building and Men’s Gym. There is fencing along the east side of these buildings.
The vehicular entrance to both Dykstra Hall and the Bradley International Center and the pedestrian entrance to Dykstra have been permanently relocated to Circle Drive. Once up the long drive way you will find ample placard parking.
Seismic upgrades continue at Slichter Hall with hardly any impact to access. Upgrades also continue at Knudsen, where the small lot just east of the building is being used as a staging area. Disabled parking is available nearby in Dickson Court.
Both the north side of Royce and the northeast corner of MacGowan Halls are the sites of small construction projects that have slight impact.
Sunset Boulevard from Veteran to Beverly Glen is the site of a major project by the LA City DWP. Traffic is heavily restricted in both directions.
UCLA Student Psychological Services(SPS) offers the following services for students with disabilities:
- Through the Health Psychology and Disabilities Program, students with physical disabilities or health problems can be linked with "mentors" in the community who are working in professional fields such as law and entertainment. These mentors are people who have (or have had) a similar physical condition. In addition, through the Peer Network part of the program, students can be connected with other students who are dealing with similar physical conditions for the purpose of information exchange and mutual support.
- This Fall, a support group will be forming for students who have any kind of health problem or physical disability. The group will meet once a week during the school year.
- A support group also will be forming for students with psychiatric disabilities. The group will meet every Friday.
For information about the Health Psychology and Disabilities Program or the support group for students with physical disabilities, please call Chris Miller at SPS (825-0768). For more information about the psychiatric disabilities support group, please call Nan Senzaki at SPS (825-0768) or Arline Halper at the OSD (825-1501)
READING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
Monday, October 12 4:00-5:00pm
Take forever to get through your readings? Is your recall and comprehension poor? Improve your reading with specific techniques.
WRITING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
Tuesday, October 13 4:00-5:00pm
Learn a proven strategy that will help you to get started and to organize your papers
NOTETAKING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
Wednesday, October 14 4:00-5:00pm
Are your notes disorganized and useless for study? Learn a simple technique for improving your notetaking skills.
All OSD students are welcome to sign up for workshops. Please leave a message for Arline at 825-1501.
ADA/ 504 Compliance Office
The ADA & 504 Compliance Office: (1) monitors and coordinates compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits discrimination based on disability in all University activities; (2) offers guidance and evaluates efforts to provide access to campus facilities and programs (3) develops procedures to identify and correct access deficiencies; (4) disseminates information regarding compliance related issues and recommends appropriate remedial actions; (5) coordinates the implementation of the ADA Transition Plan; and (6) fields complaints alleging campus noncompliance with the ADA and Section 504.
The Compliance Office is located in Murphy Hall, Room A-239. For more information please contact: (Voice) 310-825-2242, (TTY) 310-206-3349, (FAX) 310-825-3688
Chancellors’ Advisory Committee on Disability
The CACD was established in 1982 as an advisory group by the Chancellor to create and maintain a more accessible campus environment. The CACD is comprised of student, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and ex-officio members. The Committee’s charge is to analyze and identify problems, propose solutions, and make recommendations on matters of particular concern to persons with disabilities.
Meeting Times: The 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August and December) 2-4 pm, Faculty Center
For more information contact the ADA & 504 Compliance Office (310) 825-2242 (Voice) or (310) 206-3349 (TTY)
The UCLA Library
Ranked among the top five academic research libraries in the United States, the UCLA Library comprises a campus-wide network of libraries that support the instructional and research missions of the university.
Undergraduates are encouraged to use the College Library, which features collections and services in support of the undergraduate curriculum. The scholarly and research needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty are served by the Arts Library, Biomedical Library (Louise M. Darling), East Asian Library (Richard C. Rudolph), Law Library (Hugh and Hazel Darling), Management Library (Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld), Maps and Government Information Library (Henry J. Bruman), Music Library, Research Library (Charles E. Young), and Science and Engineering Library (SEL).
The Library is committed to providing accessibility to library materials, programs and services. Services for users with disabilities include:
- Locating materials: staff can assist with obtaining information from any library equipment or resource that is inaccessible.
- Retrieving materials: staff can assist with retrieving materials from library stacks or other areas that are inaccessible to users.
- Specially designed bookcarts for users in wheelchairs or who need support while walking are available upon request at the circulation desks in the Biomedical, College, Music, Research and SEL-Engineering libraries.
- Students, faculty and staff with disabilities can also utilize ORION Express, a fee-for-service program, for retrieval and photocopying of materials; visit the ORION Express Web page at http://www.library.ucla.edu/disabilities/index.html#orionexpress for details on this service.
- Proxy borrower card: users with disabilities can request a proxy borrower card at no additional charge, which allows another individual to borrow books in the user’s name.
- Photocopying materials: staff will make copies for users unable to operate a photocopier. Users are asked to bring the materials to be copied and a debit card with sufficient value to make the copies to the circulation desk. (At night and on weekends, photocopies will usually be available the next working day.)
- Book renewals: users may utilize the central telephone renewal number, 310/825-9188, to renew books. Self-service renewals will also be phased in on the Library’s new Web-based information system, ORION2, during the 1998/99 academic year. Please see library staff at the circulation desks for assistance with any of these services.
In addition to these services, a new piece of equipment, an Optelec Spectrum Color Video Magnification machine, has been added to resources for low-vision readers in the Research Library. This machine uses a video camera to project an image of a print object onto a monitor, which can then be manipulated for color, clarity, size, alignment, etc.; however, it does not make a permanent copy of the image, either digitally or photographically. The machine is located in the Research Library’s Reference Department because of the large number of small-print materials in this department that cannot be removed from the area; users are welcome to bring small-print materials from outside the Reference Department into this area to use on the machine.
Further information on all Library services, including those to users with disabilities, is available on the Library’s Web site at http://www.library.ucla.edu/service/disability.cfm and on handouts available in all library units.
The Library is always seeking to improve its services to users. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Claire Bellanti, Head of Access Services, by phone at 310/825-0365 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Women’s Resource Center
Located at 2 Dodd Hall (825-3945), the Women’s Resource Center offers services to all UCLA students, with special focus on gender related issues. The Center presents workshops on many topics, including child care, self defense, assertiveness training, sexual violence prevention and education, career development, returning to school, and personal relationships. It also offers referrals to medical, legal, career planning, personal counseling, and other services both on and off campus. The library includes specialized publications and resources on gender-related topics. In addition, rape services consultants, individuals who provide information, support and resources for UCLA students who have been raped or sexually assaulted – can discuss options, help identity and assist in contacting the most appropriate support services, and answer any questions that may arise.
In addition, as a designated campus Sexual Harassment Information Center, the WRC can provide support, information regarding options and referrals for those who have experienced various forms of harassment (including sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability). WRC staff are also available to UCLA staff and faculty to provide consultation and resources on gender-related issues, particularly in the areas of sexual violence and discrimination.
OSD/SPS Get-Togethers for Students with Disabilities
Student Psychological Services and the Office for Students with Disabilities will be co-sponsoring occasional get-togethers. These meetings provide a chance for students with disabilities to meet other students with disabilities and discuss any topic connected with disabilities and life at UCLA.
An excellent source of financial assistance is a book called "Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families" by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber. This resource book lists information regarding: scholarships, fellowships, loans, grants-in-aid, awards, and internships designed primarily or exclusively for persons with disabilities and their families. The OSD has a copy in the lobby for student use. Additional scholarship information received by the office will be posted on the OSD bulletin board or the OSD website when possible.
Nadia Powers Award
This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student for the most meritorious projects which furthers the understanding and study of disability issues. Faculty-sponsored projects may include a research paper, field study and architectural or three dimensional model/design. Possible subjects may include any of a wide variety of issues which relate to those with disabilities such as behavior, care, interactions, potentials, access issues, political power etc. For more information, please contact Thabi Moloi at 825-1501.
Will Rogers Scholarship
Offered through the Financial Aid Office, is for students with disabilities.
Nancy Diane Orford Scholarship
Established by Mr. And Mrs. Richard J. Orford in memory of their daughter Nancy Diane.
The Nancy D. Orford Scholarship Fund was initially established for students diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. However due to family wishes the scholarship has been extended to all students with disabilities, who are in good academic standing and currently enrolled.
Now available: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities-1997, the new HEATH Resource Paper updated by Daniel Gardner and Rhonda C. Hartman with assistance from the staff of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. This paper addresses one of the most frequently asked questions of the HEATH staff, "Where is there financial aid for students with disabilities who are ready to go to college?" The short answer is that there is very little money that is exclusively earmarked for college students with disabilities. The paper does include a two-page listing of disability-specific scholarships, and describes in detail how to access the regular financial aid system as a person with a disability.
Did you know???
During the summer the University Research Library was renamed. The new name – Charles E. Young Research Library – is in honor of former Chancellor Young who was at the helm of UCLA for over 30 years. Another honor was renaming Circle Drive to Charles E. Young Drive.
New Horizons is available in Braille or on tape cassette. Contact the OSD to request a copy in an alternative format.
Should a problem arise in the course of your service delivery you may want to consider the recommendations outlined in OSD’s "How to Resolve Service Delivery Problems" handout:
HOW TO RESOLVE SERVICE DELIVERY PROBLEMS
It is fair to say that even with the best efforts of everyone involved with your service delivery plans at UCLA, a problem may occur. If this should happen, we strongly encourage you to let us know so that we can work together to solve the problem as quickly as possible. Experience has shown us that many times a problem arises because of a misunderstanding or miscommunication; clarification can be a quick and effective solution. We can help with suggestions on how to resolve problems you may have with your service providers, professors, TA’s or Departments. It is best to discuss the issue with the person involved first, then go to the person’s supervisor or department chair, if you have not arrived at a satisfactory resolution. If the OSD is part of the problem, we want to know that, too. Should the OSD be unable to assist in resolving a problem, we can refer you to other on-campus or off-campus resources.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires the University to adopt and publish procedures to resolve problems regarding access to the educational program for persons with disabilities. An individual who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of disability can exercise the options below. We recommend the following progression as the most efficient way of dealing with issues:
- Discuss with the person in charge of the program in question.
- Discuss with Kathy Molini, OSD Director, if the issue is regarding the Office for Students with Disabilities. (310) 825-1501 (V), (310) 206-6083 (TYY)
- Contact the Ombuds Office (310) 825-7627
- Discuss with the Dean of Students.
- Consult with the Chancellor’s ADA & 504 Compliance Office (310) 825-2242 (V), (310) 206-3349 (TTY)
- Seek resolution through the Office of Civil Rights of the Federal Department of Education.
- Seek resolution through private legal means.
The University is available to assist you in resolving conflicts by informal means. You may exercise any of the options above at any time. Throughout any of these procedures you may expect to be treated with respect, receive a timely response, not suffer from any form of retaliation, and have your issues dealt with in a confidential manner, if so requested. The University expects from you that you bring up any problems early, give clear and detailed information and be respectful of those people who are working with you. If you wish to know more about your rights as a disabled person under Federal and State law and University policy, OSD can refer you to the appropriate entity. Retaliation in any form against persons who file complaints is prohibited by disability-related law and University policy. UCLA developed this information in accordance with these references: Public Law 101-336; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students, Section 140.00.
October 1: INSTRUCTION BEGINS
October 12: Reading Strategies Workshop, 4:00-5:00 pm, Location TBA
October 13: Writing Strategies Workshop, 4:00-5:00 pm, Location TBA
October 14: Notetaking Strategies Workshop, 4:00-5:00pm, Location TBA
October 16: Last day to drop impacted courses. Last day to change Study List (add, drop courses) without fee.
Last day for full refund on textbooks with UCLA store receipt.
October 25: Daylight Savings Time ENDS (set clocks back one hour).
October 31: HALLOWEEN
November 2: Schedule of classes available on World Wide Web.
November 3: General Election Day - - DON’T FORGET TO VOTE
November 11: Veterans Day - - CAMPUS OPEN/ CLASSES IN SESSION
November 13: Last day for undergraduates to change grading basis through URSA telephone.
November 21: UCLA v. USC Football Game (Rose Bowl 12:30 p.m.)
November 23: Free Flu Vaccines (check Ashe Center Web for location).
November 26 & 27: Thanksgiving Holiday - - CAMPUS CLOSED
December 10: Instruction Ends
December 11: Last day to withdraw
December 14-18: FINAL EXAM WEEK
New Horizons is published quarterly by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). The views expressed in this newsletter by individual contributors are not necessarily the views of the OSD. The OSD welcomes material submitted for publication which may be of interest to it’s readers such as brief articles, essays, or poetry. We reserve the right to edit the material as needed. Contact the OSD for deadline information.
Thabi Moloi, Editor
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