Fall 2003 UCLA
UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- A Word from the Director: Kathy's Korner by Kathy Molini
- The MindBody Program at the Ashe Center
- Behavioral Medicine at the Ashe Center
- Health Care on Campus, Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center
- Construction Update
- Disabled Student Union Wants You!
- Psychological Services at UCLA
- ADA/ 504 Compliance Office
- Alternative Formats Available
- Have You Moved?
- Come in Early To Set Up Services for Fall
- Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Disability
- Contacting OSD
- '02-'03 Annual Report
- OSD Services
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to all new and returning students. It is hard to believe that summer is over and we are starting academic year 2003-04. I hope you enjoyed your summer. I encourage you to stop by OSD early in the quarter to get your services lined up and to let us know how you spent your summer.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to read this edition of New Horizons. This kick-off issue is meant to assist you in having a very successful quarter.
We urge you to make an appointment to arrange for the services that you will be using this quarter. Remember, “the early bird gets the worm.” Students tell me over and over again that this makes all the difference in having a successful quarter.
I’d like to take a moment to bring you up to date on some recent changes at the OSD. Beginning this Fall, Ed McCloskey will add Notetaking Services to his responsibilities and Tony Buffo will add Alternative Format Services to his responsibilities.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of New Horizons. Please let us know if you would like to contribute an article or if you would like us to cover a particular topic. Come by the OSD to say hello and to let us know how things are going. We are here to assist you. Have a great quarter!
The MindBody Program at the Ashe Center
Through its new MindBody Program, the Ashe Center provides an array of services designed to help students function at their best and maintain optimal health, both physically and emotionally. The Program uses approaches that integrate multiple aspects of a person in promoting health and well-being. MindBody services include: Yoga, Qi Gong (combines health-promoting movements and meditation), Acupuncture (for stress management, pain control, and improved physical function and health), Physical Therapy, Tai Chi, Life Skills Classes (teach theory and practical skills for successfully navigating and coping with the developmental challenges of college and beyond), Mind/Body Workshops: (see below), Nutrition Classes, Personal Training.
For specific times and dates for the above services, please consult fliers and brochures in the Ashe Center.
Behavioral Medicine at the Ashe Center
The Behavioral Medicine services at the Ashe Center are intended to help students with a broad array of physical symptoms and conditions learn strategies for controlling and managing symptoms and improving overall health. Behavioral Medicine uses a combination of cognitive, behavioral and relaxation techniques. The Behavioral Medicine Program at Ashe includes individual consultations and interventions for problems that include pain management (headache and other chronic pain), chronic conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Anxiety as well as the following:
- Diabetes Drop-In Group Meeting: For any UCLA student who has diabetes. Each meeting includes support and exchange of information among participants. Guest speakers present on topics such as nutrition, exercise, body image, pump management, alcohol and relationships.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome Group Workshops: Referrals will be made after an initial individual Behavioral Medicine Clinic consultation.
- The Art of Sleeping Workshop: A one-hour work-shop to help you learn how to improve performance, productivity, mood, stress level and weight control by sleeping more effectively.
- Anger Management Workshop: Anger affects both physical and emotional health. This workshop will help you learn strategies for managing your own anger and diffusing escalating situations.
If you have questions about Behavioral Medicine ser-vices at the Ashe Center, please contact Christina Miller, Ph.D., Coordinator of Behavioral Medicine, at 825-2348.
Health Care on Campus
Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center
Are you neglecting or postponing attention to your health care needs? Need an answer to a health-related question?
The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center is here to meet these needs in a variety of convenient ways.
Our clinic is centrally located on Westwood Plaza near Ackerman Union and the Wooden Center. Our academic year hours are 8 am to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday (except Friday, when we open at 9 am). All registered UCLA students are eligible to use our service, whether or not they are enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan.
We offer a broad array of health services on-site, including same day call-in appointments, routine preventive health exams, a same-day in person Walk In Clinic, an Optometry Service, and even an Acupuncture Clinic!
There are several options for those with health-related questions:
- You can ask to speak with the Triage Nurse on the first floor of the Ashe Center during open hours.
- You can call our main number, (310) 825-4073, Option 2, Option 1 and leave a message for the Telephone Triage Advice Nurse. Your call will be returned within three hours.
- You can email your question to E-nurse, one of our new secure website (www.studenthealth.ucla.edu/contactclinician).
We welcome your feedback about your experiences with the Ashe Center and especially any information or ideas you could provide on how we might better meet your needs. Email us at: email@example.com.
You don’t have to go very far on UCLA’s campus to find one of the many construction projects. Often these sites present obstacles for some. Each issue of New Horizons has a summary of the projects and their impact on traveling around campus. Updated information is also available by calling the OSD Information Line at 206-2737.
Construction of a Northwest Parking Structure at Dykstra/De Neve just broke ground this summer. The structure is being built on the hillside south of Dykstra and east of Gayley Avenue. Once completed this parking structure will have space for approximately 170 vehicles. During the 16 to 18 month construction period, parking for Dykstra, De Neve and Bradley will be exceptionally limited
The remodeling and seismic upgrade of the Men’s Gym should be completed in about a month. Offices will re-open very soon and the building will have a new name -- SAC (Student Activities Center).
The addition to the John Wooden Center, known as Wooden West, is underway. There is temporary fencing between the south side of Wooden and the Morgan Center. The temporary sidewalk that buttresses the Morgan Center is wheelchair accessible.
The new Physics/Astronomy Building continues. Large deliveries are finished and the impact to campus is very minimal.
A great deal of construction is underway from the south side of the Court of Sciences to C E Young Drive. A modern facility to house a nanotechnology center – the CSNI – is being built partially on top of Parking Structure 9 and the south end of the Court of Sciences. The area north of the Botany Building, east of Life Sciences and just south of the MBI, is the site for the SRB 2 (Seismic Replacement Building 2) and the Luck Research Center. Lastly, the La Kretz Hall & Auditorium is being tucked into this space too. Access is very limited in this entire area. Parts of the north and east side-walks of CE Young Drive are closed to pedestrians. There is no outdoor entrance to the south side of the Court of Sciences from Young Drive. Entry is gained from near the MBI or north side of the Court.
Nearby all of this construction is the construction of the SRB1 (Seismic Replacement Building 1). Due to this project the south entrance to Structure 9 is closed to vehicles. The north sidewalk of CE Young is closed to the crosswalk at Public Health.
The shell of what was formerly Dickson is fully exposed for the Broad Art Center. This building is closed and most art classes are now in the Kinross Building at the east side of lot 32 near Veteran and Wilshire Blvds.
Construction of the Westwood Replacement Hospital continues with a completion date of March 2005.
What was once the Dance Building is undergoing a complete renovation. The Kaufmann Building may be ready for Fall 2004. During the remodel, the building is closed. Likewise the Engineering I Building is closed. It will be demolished shortly and a new, larger building will be in its place. The long staircase between the north side of Engineering I and the south side of Ackermann will be shifted a few feet. The timeline for specific phases of this project is not yet complete.
The addition to the Acosta Training Roomis just about complete. At this point there is minimal impact to the campus. Look for a January opening of this updated facility.
The Southwest Campus Housing project is barreling along near Weyburn and Veteran, in the vicinity of Warren Hall. This graduate student housing complex should be ready for occupancy next Fall.
Check out the Capital Programs frequently updated web site for construction impacts:
www.capital.ucla.edu click on “ Construction Impacts” under Projects
If you have specific questions about specific construction projects or access to any building or area on campus, please call the OSD for detailed information.
Disabled Student Union Wants You!
The mission of the Disabled Student Union (DSU) is to ensure full accessibility of educational opportunity for students with disabilities at UCLA. The DSU also offers disabled peer support and plans pro-grams and events aimed at raising the campus consciousness about disability-related issues. If interested in becoming involved, please contact Lindsay Spann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychological Services at UCLA
Life as a college student is very stressful. Students to-day juggle many responsibilities and concerns (classes, studying, work, families, and friends). UCLA's Student Psychological Services (SPS) is available to help stu-dents cope with the stressors and problems they may face.
SPS is made up of psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. Thousands of UCLA students come to SPS each year with a broad range of concerns, such as relationship problems, family problems, academic concerns, depression, anxiety, reactions to previous traumas, career concerns, self esteem issues, and eating disorders.
SPS provides the following array of services:
Short-term individual counseling.
Medication management for students who can benefit from medication.
Emergency Counseling: For students who are dealing with a very urgent situation and do not feel they can wait for a regular counseling appointment, SPS has a coun-selor available to talk with them between 9:00 and 5:00 on days that the university is open.
Referral Services: For students who have UCLA's insurance plan, SPS can provide referrals to UCLA's Behavioral Health Care for ongoing counseling, medication and specialized services through UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Clinics. For students who have other insurance plans, SPS maintains a referral network of community providers.
Outreach and Consultation: SPS counselors are avail-able for talks and consultation to the campus community on mental health issues.
Ongoing groups: Fall Quarter groups include:
- Art of Sleeping Workshop
- Chronic Conditions Support Group (for students who have been diagnosed with a chronic psychiatric condition, such as Bipolar Disorder)
- Dissertation and Thesis Support Group
- First Generation and Immigrant Students’ Support Group
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Support Group
- Getting Beyond Grief Group ( for students who have lost a loved one recently or long ago)
- Graduate Students’ Psychotherapy Group
- Maintaining Healthy Lifestyles Group (for students dealing with drug or alcohol concerns)
- Making Peace with Food and Body Group
- Overcoming Writers Block Group (a “hand-on” group to help students overcome writing difficulties)
- Ph.D. Student Drop-In Support Group
- Undergraduate Women’s Support Group (explores issues such as dating and relationships, sexuality, gender roles, anxiety, depression and family issues)
- Stress Clinic Groups (3 to 4-session groups to help students understand the theory behind stress and learn a variety of techniques they can use for managing their own stress and coping with stressful situations including groups such as Cognitive Approaches to Stress Management and Reducing Public Speaking Anxiety)
- Mind/Body Workshops (see page 1).
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Mentoring Program: Provides trained mentors for students who are dealing with "coming out" issues. These mentors meet on a regular basis with students going through the coming out process and provide support, guidance and community resources.
To make an appointment at SPS or to find out about any of the above services, please call 825-0768 between 8:00 and 5:00, Monday through Friday.
---Christina Miller, Ph.D.
ADA/ 504 Compliance Office
- 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
- Offers guidance and evaluates efforts to provide access to campus facilities and programs
- Develops procedures to identify and correct access deficiencies
- Disseminates information regarding compliance-related issues and recommends appropriate remedial actions
- Coordinates the implementation of the ADA Transition Plan; and
- Fields complaints alleging campus noncompli-ance 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
Alternative Formats Available
New Horizons is available in Braille, on tape cassette and on the OSD web site. Contact the OSD to request a copy in an alternative format.
HAVE YOU MOVED?
Please remember to let the OSD know each time you change your address in order to continue to receive important mailings regarding priority enrollment, proctoring, van transportation, etc.
Changing your address with the Registrar's Office DOES NOT change your address with OSD.
You can call the office, e-mail us, or come in and fill out a "change of address" slip.
Come in Early
To Set Up Services for Fall
And Remember…. You must Make A Service Request Each Quarter
Chancellor's 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 at (310) 825-2242 (voice) or (310) 206-3349 (tty)
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Alternative Format/ Assistant Proctor Coordinator
Assistant Director & Coordinator of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Program
Mobility Assistance Program/Notetaking Services Coordinator
Coordinator, Learning Disabilities Program
Budget Analyst/Supervisor of Technology, Planning & Training
Assistant Director/Proctor Services Coordinator
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Powell Resource Room
'02-'03 Annual Report
Available in the OSD office and on our web page soon.
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 Notetaking Services Coordinator and based on verified need determined by the student’s disability specialist.
As an academic adjustment, a student with a disability may need alternative test-taking conditions. Depending upon the disability documentation, faculty consultation and the requirements of the academic program, 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 learn-ing 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 material, etc.).
The OSD will first facilitate membership in RFBD (Recordings 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 reduced-distraction testing and use of special adaptive equipment and devices. There are several computer workstations with adaptive soft-ware that are used for scanning, reading, editing, large print, voice recognition and other activities. The CLICC lab offers wheelchair accessible and height adjustable tables as well as a variety of adaptive software programs. For more information, call (310) 206-0271. In addition, there are computer labs throughout the campus available to students who do not need adaptive 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 and advice on the most useful software for their individual needs. Students may contact this program (206-7133) on their own or be referred by the Office for Students with Disabilities.
Priority Enrollment/ Registration Assistance
Priority enrollment is available to undergraduate students whose disability impacts 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 dis-ability-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 disabilities that impact their ability to travel around campus. Van service is provided from 7:20am to 5:40 pm, Monday through Thurs-day. Friday hours are 7:20 am to 5:00 pm. Contact the OSD to ask for the Campus Transportation Options flyer which contains information regarding evening and weekend rides and much, much, more.
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. Generally, for students without DMV placards, parking is only available for one year or less. Should their disability based need continue beyond one year, students are required to obtain a DMV placard or plate.
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 or specific learning disabilities 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 deaf may receive Sign Language interpreting or real-time captioning. Interpreters use American Sign Language to interpret what the teachers and students say. Realtime captioning al-lows deaf students to read the verbatim lecture on a laptop computer as the professor lectures. Real-time captioning uses the same method and equipment used by court reporters.
Program for Students with Learning Disabilities
The Learning Disabilities Program serves students with documented specific learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, and students with psychological disabilities. Based on their disability-related needs, students may receive extended time for exams, notetakers, tutorial referral, textbooks on tape, adaptive technology, alternative testing format, disability-related counseling and may participate in learning strategies workshops, support groups and peer mentor opportunities.
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:
- Kurzweil: This is a “friendly” reading program that uses a voice synthesizer to read aloud to students. Popular features of this software are hi-lighting the text as it is read, easily adjustable reading rates, and a selection of computer voices. With Kurzweil, an entire book can be scanned and stored on disk, or individual pages can be scanned and read one at a time.
- OmniPage Pro: Optical Character Recognition software (OCR).
- Optalek: Image magnification in color.
- V-tek: Image magnification in black and white.
- 4-track Tape Recorders: Adjustable speed tape recorders used for reading.
Please contact a Learning Disabilities 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.
UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities AB33
A-255 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1426
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 its readers such as brief articles, essays, or poetry. We reserve the right to edit the material as needed. Contact the OSD for deadline information.
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