Fall 2008 UCLA
UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Welcome to all new and returning students. It is hard to believe that summer is over and we are starting academic year 2008-09. I hope you enjoyed 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.
Please Make an Appointment
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 by contacting Deb Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Keep an eye on our website at www.osd.ucla.edu for upcoming Disability Awareness Activities scheduled for the week of October 27th November 1st, 2008.
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.
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.
For students needing exam accommodations, the Student Request for Exam Assistance must be completed and signed during the first two weeks of the quarter. Come to the OSD Resource Room, 181 Powell, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm to request exam accommodations. An appointment is not required until after October 10th, the last day of week two. Please do not delay in making your request because you need more information or don't know the exam dates. There will be a computer available should you need additional information about your classes.
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.
OSD Resource Room Information
Resource Room Staff:
The Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center is now open for business. Likewise, C. E. Young Drive is now re-open from Westwood Plaza, west to Gayley Avenue, where a traffic light and crosswalk have been installed.
Construction continues on the replacement UC Police Department at the corner of Westwood Plaza and C. E. Young Drive. There is no sidewalk for pedestrians on the west side of Westwood Plaza from just north of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital and the Strathmore Building.
Rieber Residence Hall is closed for upgrades and repairs. This project is scheduled to be completed in about 18 months. There is very little, if any, impact, to access to Rieber Vista or Rieber Terrace.
A new major construction site is that of the Life Sciences Replacement Building near Manning Drive and C. E.Young Drive what once was Hershey Hall. The sidewalk on the east side of C. E Young Drive from Manning Drive to the Botany Building is closed.
A traffic light is being installed on C. E. Young Drive at the crosswalk between the School of Public Health and Parking Structure 9.
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 any questions about specific construction projects or access to any building or area on campus, please call the OSD at (310) 825-1501 for detailed information.
My Mother used to call me a Bookworm. After she got to know me. But, first she named me Linda Stolt. I am the Assistant Director/Proctor Services Coordinator in OSD's Resource Room located in 181 Powell. I am a bookworm. My collection of books might out do a small town library. I love to read. It's a good thing, since I acquired my disability as a result of contracting the polio virus when I was one year old. We didn't have television to start with, so, I began my book collection when I was about four years old. Dick and Jane included.
Once I started reading books with the stories told by just the printed word, no pictures, I was introduced to a book about Helen Keller. She was the second famous person I knew about who had a disability. Franklyn Delano Roosevelt would be the first. I knew about him because he had polio too and the rehabilitation hospital I was sent to by the March of Dimes was the hospital funded by them in Warm Springs, Georgia. FDR built the place before he became President. But the only people who seemed to know that were at Warm Springs. So, growing up in the fifties I didn't read about other people who wore leg braces like I wore or spent summers in a body cast the Warm Springs doctors put me in for six weeks at a time or the downhill wheelchair races we had when the nurses weren't looking. Also, growing up back then, I don't think I ever heard the words disabled or handicapped. I did hear the word cripple but at Warm Springs it was treated like a dirty word and we weren't allowed to use it.
My favorite books were about traveling to the moon in a starship or time travel to Pompeii. Finally, I started adding books about disability or books by authors who have a disability to my library. Note the dates published. Most of them I keep here at the Resource Room. . Here is a list with some of the books that I have found informative, meaningful and with Shreve's book Warm Springs nostalgic and hilarious. I first became a long term inpatient/outpatient of Warm Springs 4 years after the author left, but unlike her I didn't get kicked out for wheelchair racing. But, I didn't get caught either.
If you have read or know of a book that is about the subject of disability, about someone who has a disability, or by an author who has a disability but his or her topic is not related and you would like to share the bibliography, please give me a call at (310) 267-2006.
Please help us welcome our new and returning students who are veterans back to UCLA. Join them as they learn about services that can help them make a successful transition from military to Bruin life.
When: Tuesday, October 14th From 5:00 7:00
Where: The Center for Women and Men, B44 Student Activities Center Light Refreshments will be served.
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:
Technology Resources for Students with Disabilities
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
Mobility Assistance Program
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.
Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Program for Students with Learning Disabilities
Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
Other Services at the OSD
Join our network of artists with disabilities! Since 1994 the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) has been providing FREE services to advance the careers of artists with disabilities. We would like to speak with you about your career goals as an emerging artist. Call or email us today to find out how to:
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.
The UCOD, formerly the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Disability (CACD), was established in 1982 as an advisory group by the Chancellor to create and maintain a more accessible campus environment. The COD 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 & December) 2-4 pm Faculty Center
The committee is currently seeking Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Graduate and Undergraduate voting members. Please contact the UCOD if you are interested.
Contact: Sylvia Hyde-Moguel, Assistant to the Committee
This student organization offers peer support and plans programs and events aimed at raising the Campus awareness about disability-related issues.
Contact them at: www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/dsunion
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:
OSD (310) 825-1501
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.