Fall 2005 UCLA
UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- A Word from the Director: Kathy's Korner by Kathy Molini
- News from the Resource Room, Schedule to Request Proctor, Test-Taking accommodations
- '04-'05 Annual Report
- Construction Update
- Disabled Student Union Wants You!
- Alternative Formats Available
- Have You Moved?
- ADA/504 Compliance Office
- Come in Early to Setup Services
- Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Disability
- Contacting OSD
- UCLA Libraries: Handy Hints
- The DCP: Harder to get to but better than ever!
- Educational Testing Services
- OSD Services
- Searching for Scholarships
- 60 Seconds With ...
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the 2005-06 academic year! This summer went by so quickly and here we are beginning the 2005 Fall Quarter. I hope you had a great summer. If you would like to write an article for the newsletter telling us about your adventures, you can submit it to Deb Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org
I encourage you to read through this newsletter to familiarize yourself with information that we hope will help you to have a successful start to this year. I have highlighted a few items below.
New Student Reception
On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, the OSD is holding a reception on the first floor Murphy Hall Patio to welcome new and continuing OSD students to campus. At the reception, students will have an opportunity to meet OSD staff and staff from other campus departments, and "schmooze" with other students. I encourage you to come - and oh, there will be goodies too!
Reminder: Please Make an Appointment
We encourage you to make an appointment with an OSD staff member to handle your business, rather than trying to handle things on a drop-in basis. We find that everyone benefits from an appointment scheduled in advance so that everyone has time to prepare. Another main ingredient for a successful quarter is for you to communicate your service delivery needs to us as early as possible. You know what they say about the "early bird."
Each Spring quarter, we send you a Student Evaluation of Services for the academic year. We really appreciate you taking the time to complete it and return it to us, as we are able to get an idea of how the year went for you and perhaps make some adjustments on how we do things. However, we have noticed that some of you wait until you are filling out the evaluation to tell us about a problem you have had. The unfortunate thing is that we are unable to help you if you wait until the end of the year. So, I would urge you to tell us as soon as possible if you are having a problem. This way, we can do our best to address it. We are here to assist you. Be sure to drop by to let us know how things are going.
Have a great quarter.
News from the Resource Room
Are you a student who needs OSD’s Proctoring Service? If you are, and have been approved for proctor test-taking accommodations, then come to OSD’s Resource Room in 181 Powell to request the Proctoring Service. Linda, Tony, or A.J. will be available during the first 3 weeks of the quarter, until October 21st, to help you with your request. There will be daily blocks of time set aside (see schedule below) for you to come in and make your requests. No appointment will be necessary during these designated hours, but we will take requests only during these hours.
Computers will be available if you need to look up information regarding your classes, information about your instructors, or exam schedules. Even if you do not have all the information about your classes or exams, you still need to come in during the first 3 weeks of the quarter. The last day is Friday, October 21, 2005.
A.J. back to work after his trip to Greece!
Schedule to Request Proctor Test-Taking Accommodations, OSD Resource Room
Oct. 3, Mon. 7:30 am – 10:30 am & 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 4, Tues. 8:00 am – 10:30 am & 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 5, Wed. 7:30 am – 10:30 am & 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 6, Thur. 8:00 am – 11:30 am & 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 7, Fri. 7:30 am – 8:30 am & 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oct. 10, Mon. 7:30 am – 9:30 am & 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct. 11, Tues. 8:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Oct. 12, Wed. 8:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct. 13, Thur. 7:30 am – 10:30 am & 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct. 14, Fri. 7:30 am – 8:30 am & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Oct. 17, Mon. 7:30 am – 9:30 am & 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Oct. 18, Tues. 7:30 am – 10:30 am & 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Oct. 19, Wed. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 20, Thur. 8:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct. 21, Fri. 7:30 am – 8:30 am & 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The OSD Resource Room is located in 181 Powell on the 1st floor. To enter, you may go up the steps across from Kinsey or enter on the ground floor and use the elevator. There are two ground floor entrances: there is one accessible by ramp on the east side of the Library that has an automatic door and is nearest the elevator going up to the 1st floor. The other entrance is behind Powell and across from Moore. You can take the stairs up to the 1st floor or enter by way of the door located on the southwest corner of the building and go down the hall to the elevator.
Here’s Tony busy with getting textbook print enlarged or recorded on tape.
OSD Resource Room Information
Phone: (310) 825-2651
FAX (310) 267-2008
Resource Room Staff:
Linda Stolt, Assistant Director/Proctor Coordinator
Tony Buffo, Alternative Format/Asst. Proctor Coordinator
A.J. Mason, Resource Room Assistant
The 2004-05 Annual Report is available in OSD and on our web page.
Recently completed construction projects include the La Kretz Building in the Court of Sciences, the latest phase of the Weyburn Terrace Apartments and 2 new Residence Hall high-rises: Hedrick Summit and Rieber Vista. During the summer months the Murphy Sculpture Garden underwent a renovation which included more sculptures.
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. Access is very limited in this entire area. Parts of the north and east sidewalks 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.
Work continues on what was formerly Dickson for the new 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 within the next year. Fortunately, there is minimal impact to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
The Humanities Building (formerly Kinsey Hall) is closed for a three-year seismic upgrade and remodel. The sidewalk along the east side of Kinsey is closed. Please use caution in the crosswalks because drivers have limited vision due to the fencing.
Construction continues on a new Engineering Building. The long staircase between the north side of Engineering I and the south side of Ackermann has been shifted a few feet. The timeline for specific phases of this project is not yet complete. Due to this construction, the west facing doors from the fourth floor of the Math Sciences Building (just outside of the DCP) are boarded shut.
The final high-rise at Rieber, Rieber Terrace, is nearing completion.
Check out the Capital Programs frequently updated web site for construction impacts:
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 programs and events aimed at raising the campus consciousness about disability-related issues. If interested in becoming involved, please contact Lindsay Spann at email@example.com.
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, proctor-ing, 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.
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 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
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
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Alternative Format Coordinator/Assistant Proctor Coordinator
Assistant Director & Coordinator of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Program
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Resource Room Assistant
Mobility Assistance Program/Notetaking Services Coordinator
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Coordinator, Learning Disabilities Program
Budget Analyst/Supervisor of Technology, Planning & Training
Assistant Director/Proctor Services Coordinator
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Powell Resource Room 825-2651
Van Line 825-2263
Web page www.osd.ucla.edu
UCLA Libraries: Handy Hints!
By Esther Grassian
Are you confused and overwhelmed about doing information research? You're not alone! Many people are over-whelmed when they find out that there are 13 UCLA libraries with 8 million books and subscriptions to over 91,000 online and print periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers, etc.).
Here are 10 hints to help you feel more comfortable about finding useful books and periodical articles, and finding your way around the libraries. (Check the section at the end for UCLA Library accessibility information.)
- Check the UCLA Library home page for links to many library resources <http://www2.library.ucla.edu/>, including:
- Improve your information researc.h skills and learn how to avoid plagiarism:
- Use the UCLA Library's licensed (subscription) data-bases from home for free!
- Check for other online materials by subject area, selected by UCLA librarians, including licensed (subscription) and free resources <http://www2.library.ucla.edu/search/624.cfm>
- Use the UCLA Library's Disability Resources Page <http://www.library.ucla.edu/disabilities/index.html> where you can get information about:
- Locating Materials
- Document Delivery Service (article and book delivery service on campus, for a fee)
- Retrieving Materials
- Proxy Borrower Card (free)
- Photocopying Materials
- Renewals -- phone & through "My Account" (UCLA Library Catalog)
- Other campus resources for the disabled
Renew books and periodicals online through the UCLA Library Catalog, "My Account" <http://catalog.library.ucla.edu/>
- Place a search on a missing book <http://www2.library.ucla.edu/service/145.cfm>
- Place an interlibrary loan request for...
- Ask a Librarian! <http://help.library.ucla.edu/>
- Come to or call a library reference desk
- Chat online with library staff
- Send an e-mail reference question
- Make a half-hour research appointment with a librarian
- Use College Library's web page help guides <http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/help/guides.htm>
Example: The step-by-step "Research Paper Planner" <http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/classes/fsp-tsp/researchpaperCL2.html>
ADDITIONAL ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:
All UCLA libraries meet ADA requirements for physical access. YRL has ramps and elevators; and College Library has ramps leading into Powell, as well as a handicapped lift. UCLA libraries have special equipment and trained staff to assist people with disabilities with evacuation in case of an emergency.
One specialized public workstation in each of the Biomedical, College, and Research libraries is equipped with an integrated voice synthesizer to output the content of the computer screen to headphones, and allows screen magnification to a variety of sizes. These and some other standard workstations are installed on adjustable tables to accommodate wheelchairs.
If your disability is not physically visible, please identify yourself as having a disability, and the library staff at UCLA will make every effort to assist you in obtaining information from equipment or resources that are inaccessible to you. You may ask for assistance in retrieving books from the stacks or photocopying material. If, due to heavy workload, immediate assistance cannot be provided, staff may make arrangements to have the material ready the next working day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
UCLA College Library Information Literacy Outreach Coordinator
THE DCP: HARDER TO GET TO BUT BETTER THAN EVER!
Hi! This is Patrick Burke, Coordinator of the Disabilities and Computing Program. Our office provides training and support for people with any of a variety of disabilities that make it difficult to use a computer. We are located in Math Sciences 4909. My second-in-command is Harold Wong. He has an extensive background in tech support at UCLA, and he has now learned the adaptive technology side of things. So he will be up to any challenge that comes along in our lab and laptop fleet.
How To Find Us
The other main news involves the ongoing Engineering I construction project. The building site has now blocked the accessible entrance closest to the DCP office. The main accessible path now goes a little like this: Enter Math Sciences from the 5th-floor vending machine area (Breeze-way), go west past the first set of elevators and down the long hallway, take the elevator down to the 4th floor, turn right and our office is straight ahead.
If you can handle stairs there is also an entrance on the north side of Math Sciences, across the street and down the hill from Kerckhoff (this is also near the back entrance to the 4000A lecture hall). Go straight into the building then follow the hallway around to the right. Our lab and office are on the right side.
Adaptive Technology Overview
Once you find us, here is a review of the technology we have to offer. We have software in various categories: Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 (scanning and reading for learning and print disabilities), Jaws (screen reader for blind users), ZoomText (for low-vision users), and Dragon Naturally-Speaking (speech input software for people with any dis-ability that makes keyboards and mice difficult to use). We also have a range of alternative keyboards, mice and addi-tional helpful software. Our other services include Braille text and graphic production, web accessibility projects, and computer purchasing recommendations.
We have a fleet of laptop computers available for tempo-rary loans (two weeks at a time), now comprised of over 20 machines. This loan service gives you the chance to test adaptive software wherever you need it or where you are most comfortable working.
Our computer lab (Math Sciences 4919) was upgraded last June. The seven workstations (six PCs and an iMac) are more powerful, and we have all flat-panel monitors, including one 24-inch display. Our two scanner stations are still there, one standard flat-bed and one suitable for high-speed scanning of large amounts of print. The lab space is shared with Statistical Consulting, so sometimes it is crowded and sometimes quiet. The lab is open from 8AM-5PM, Monday through Friday, with some variations if we have to be away. Schedule changes will be posted on our website. Please call us ahead of time if you need the lab at a specific time, and we'll be happy to work out arrangements.
You can learn about all the details, schedules and official policies on our website. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.
Good luck to everyone in the new Quarter!
Location: Math Sciences 4909
Phone/TTY: 310 206-7133 (Harold)
Alternate Phone: 310 206-6004 (Patrick)
Listening, Learning, Leading,
Many of you will be taking the GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS, TOEFL, or some other high-stakes examination this year. To help you prepare more effectively, the Office of Disability Policy at Educational Testing Services (ETS) has developed a new brochure, Tips for Test Takers with Disabilities.” This brochure can be found on the ETS Office of Disability Policy website at www.ets.org/disability/tips.html
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 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 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 read-ings 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
Office for Students with Disabilities maintains a Resource Room in Powell 181 that is used by students for distraction-reduced 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. 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.
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 technol-ogy 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 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 disabilities that impact their ability to travel around campus. Van service is provided from 7:20am to 5:40 pm, Monday through Thursday. 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. Real-time captioning allows 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, 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. (See Technology Resources for Students with Disabilities section)
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 Referral, Disability Management Counseling and Information and Referral, among others.
Searching For Scholarships?
Check out our website scholarship/internship section at: www.osd.ucla.edu/scholarships.htm
The Scholarship Resource Center is another great source for scholarships. The search for scholarships can be complicated and confusing, but the Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) is here to help guide you through the maze. The SRC maintains a scholarship database and library, and provides workshops and counseling. The SRC is located at 233 Covel Commons (206-2875).
The SRC also offers the U.S. National and British Merit Scholarships and workshops to provide UCLA students information about national scholarships such as the Rhodes, Churchill, and Truman Scholarship programs.
A great way to become familiar with the process is to sign up for one of the Free Scholarship Search Workshops. Check the SRC website for times and locations.
60 Seconds With…
Suleyman Ari, a graduate student in Political Science, recently entered his poem “Time Line” in a poetry contest. He was named a semi-finalist and his poem has been published in Eternal Portraits (a compilation book of poetry). He has graciously consented to its publication here.
Now the time is a little after your absence.
Full of stars, the sky is the new moon.
Now the time is a little after you.
Even the children are quiet.
Only me, only I am in the universal music of the night.
Now that I have taught my eyes to rain;
These rain drops are a necklace for you
Before the solitary journey.
It is such a Mediterranean algebraic beauty,
To be able to make you smile,
Without being artificially funny.
It is the universal elegance of our love,
To share the same slice of bread,
Without unfairness to the sky, sun and the new moon.
Now the time is beyond your absence.
I visualize our past mutual meditations.
I picture them one by one:
Deduction, induction and analogies;
Reaching the simple conclusion:
I loved you once and for all.
Copyright ©2005 Suleyman Ari
Would you like to be in the spotlight in our next edition of New Horizons? Here’s your chance to share things you’re doing or planning to do professionally, educationally and/or personally and share it with others. Spending the semester abroad? Here’s a place to share the news. Wonder what OSD staff members do to keep their knowledge current or what they do on their own time? Here’s a place to find out. Please send anything you would like to include in New Horizons to Deb Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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