Spring 2010 UCLA
UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
The close of academic year 2009-10 is just around the corner. I hope it has been a successful one for all of you. I imagine many of you are beginning to make your plans for the summer. Some of you will most likely travel and others may seek employment. If you travel, please consider writing a brief article about your adventures for our Fall 2010 newsletter. We'd love to hear about your experiences. If you are planning to work and have questions regarding the disclosure of your disability, we would like to point out that the article entitled Disclosing Your Disability in the Employment Process, by Cynthia Thomas at UCLA's Career Center is on our web site.
In December, 2009, Ms. Jessie Downey joined the OSD. Jessie is a Learning Disabilities Specialist and also works with students who have other disabilities. She sits on the Disabled Students Housing Appeals Board as well. Born and raised here in Los Angeles, she left to get her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, but then returned to get her Masters in Higher Education Administration at USC. It was there that she realized how much she enjoys working with students with learning disabilities, psychological disabilities and ADD/ADHD. Stop in and say hello!
Have a great summer!
We encourage all of you to take a few minutes to complete an evaluation of services for 2009-10. You will receive your copy in the mail in May. Please contact us at (310) 825-1501 if you don't.
Priority Enrollment (PE) for Fall 2010 classes takes place June 21, 22 and 23 - after you have finished your finals for Spring 2010. The OSD will be sending reminders to those OSD students who qualify (undergraduates, permanent disabilities, care takers or classroom assistants, mobility issues, etc) for PE in early June. If you do not hear from us by June 10, please contact Ed at either firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 267-2004 to ensure we have your correct email address and that you are on the PE list.
The OSD currently has 769 registered students that are seniors or graduate students. The following students gave permission to be recognized:
We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
If you will need accommodations to participate in your commencement or graduation ceremony, please contact the OSD as soon as possible. We can work with you and the Coordinator of your events to ensure full participation.
If your guests will need accommodations, please check out the disability services section of www.commencement.ucla.edu
-- Kearney Visser, Ph.D.
Procrastination is a complex psychological behavior that affects the entire population to varying levels of severity and causes considerable stress and anxiety. Overcoming procrastination can help you feel strong, competent, and capable by giving you peace of mind, a feeling of strength and purpose, and a healthy feeling of being in charge of your life. Here is the idea behind the inner working of procrastination. First, there is an activating event which is whatever you are putting off. Second, your hidden feelings about the task or your belief system govern your motivation. Finally, there is the consequence, which is what you actually do. Four simple reasons that students engage in procrastination are: the task seems too difficult and therefore they avoid it, the task appears too time-consuming and the students believe they do not have enough time in their schedules to complete it, students lack the knowledge or skills to complete the task and wait to learn the skills for fear of making a mistake, and plain and simply fear of failure (or sometimes even fear of success!). Listed below are some simple and effective strategies that will help you learn to beat procrastination (or at least be aware when you are procrastinating).
Dr. Kearney Visser has been a post doctoral volunteer here at the OSD since Fall Quarter.
-- Halle M. Aten, Ph.D.
How do I make a good impression?
When is it a good time to talk to professors/TAs?
What if I don't know what I want to ask them?
What if I get freaked out and have a hard time getting to office hours?
Dr. Halle Aten has been a Learning Disabilities Specialist at the OSD since 2007.
The Northwest Housing In-Fill Project continues. The area of impact is primarily Sproul Hall, De Neve Plaza and De Neve Drive. There is no vehicle access to the Sproul/Sunset turnaround during this three year project. Additionally, De Neve Drive is one way (North and Northeast) from C.E. Young Drive (near De Neve Plaza and Sproul). The sidewalk along the south side of Sproul and Covel is closed as is the on-street parking in this section of C.E. Young Drive. More information on this and other projects at the Residence Halls can be found at www.housing.ucla.edu/construction.
The renovation of Pauley Pavilion has just started. Fencing is in place around Pauley for the next three years. Some of the sidewalk of Bruin Walk has been taken away and the pedestrian exit/entrance to Lot 7 near on Bruin Walk has been reconfigured.
The sidewalk on C.E. Young Drive near the Replacement Life Sciences Building is open though works continues on the interior of the building.
Construction of the Court of Sciences Student Center continues. There is fencing around the area of what once was known as the Bomb Shelter. The area is accessible with wide sidewalks on all four sides; however, there are times that flag persons may need to temporarily halt pedestrian traffic for construction vehicles to enter or exit the site near the south west corner.
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.
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.
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.
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.