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Sidewalk Closings From February 26th until October 7th

The JQH Transitway from the southern sidewalk parallel to Parking Lot 19 to the southern fence line of Allison South Stadium will be closed to through traffic from Friday, February 26th, 2016 until Friday October 7th, 2016.  This is due to the cranes and other overhead work on the addition to Glass Hall. The east sidewalk along John Q. Hammons Parkway will remain open but the West sidewalk is no longer available for the defined area.

We do our best to stay informed of potential barriers for our students and to forward any information we have. However, if you experience a barrier on campus, please let us know by contacting us or by using our online form.

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Student Affairs Advisory Board Opportunity

As a student would you like to have your voice heard? Consider serving on the Student Affairs Advisory Board! The board seeks to: elicit feedback, give students a voice, and provide networking opportunities. To learn more please review the information on the student affairs website and learn how to apply by November 20th: http://studentaffairs.missouristate.edu/259379.htm

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Shattering the Silences: ADA Compliance and Social Justice Panel

Access determines our ability to participate fully in society – that makes it a social justice issue. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) sets accessibility standards in the classroom. While most people believe accessibility is a good idea; sometimes the enforcement of it is viewed as intrusive and even counterproductive. Come join us to reframe your understanding of ADA compliance as a way to support social justice and learn a few Accessibility strategies along the way.

This event is sponsored by the Division for Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching, and the Academic Advisement Center. You may receive credit toward Master Advisor recertification; please register through My Missouri under “My Learning Connection” on your Profile page. For more information or if you need accommodations, please contact Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow at jamaineabidogun@missouristate.edu or 836-5916.

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The Disability Resource Center and Access Technology Center are moving

The offices of the Disability Resource Center & Access Technology Center will be moving, on separate dates, into the a new office suite located in Meyer Library (Suite 111).  The moves will be occurring on two separate dates to maintain as much customer service as possible to our students, faculty, and staff.

On October 27th, the ATC will move.  They will begin with the lab equipment so that it can be running in the new space by 9 AM. An ATC employee will be at the current location until noon. At that time all of the ATC employees will move to the new suite.

On November 2nd, the DRC will move. The DRC will have to be closed on this date and testing accommodations will have to be scheduled for another time.  If you have questions or concerns about the move, please contact the offices directly:

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Summer 2015 Construction

Hello students!

Planning, Design & Construction will be managing a number of projects that are slated to be complete during summer break.  The completion of these projects will have an impact to students and visitors of the Missouri State Springfield campus.  The following map indicates pathways, parking lots, streets, and facilities that will be affected by our summer work.  If you have any questions about work that may be going on and how it may impact you, please feel free to contact our office at (417) 836-5101 or email us at DesignandConstruction@MissouriState.edu.

Keep up to date with the construction through this link.

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Shane Burcaw Shares His Story

Shane Burcaw has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. As such, he has been in a wheelchair since he was 2 years old. Now at 22, he is committed to educating and advocating for people with disabilities. Wishing to rid the world of it’s negativity toward people with disabilities, he shares a story from his own life of being out to dinner with his girlfriend. Read Shane’s post here to understand his point of view.

If you want to read more about Shane and the projects he’s working on, you can reach his personal site here.

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New Class Opportunity

The Kinesiology department is offering an Adapted Sports class this fall. It is open to all MSU students with the purpose of learning how to play different adapted sports such as wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball, goal ball, etc. The objectives are to allow students with disabilities to learn how to play these different sports and/or give them the opportunity to play and to provide students the knowledge of how to adapt sports for individuals with disabilities. It will be like Bear Play with a 1 credit hour attached. Zachary Burt is the instructor. Here is the specific info:

KIN135 205 1 Adapted Sports CRN#49459 MW 3:35-4:25 MCDA200 10/08-12/10

If you have an questions or concerns please contact Rebecca Woodard, 417-836-5690.

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DRC Newsletter: April 2014

Keep up to date with the Disability Resource Center by reading our newsletter here.

In This Issue:

  • 2013-2014 Climate Study
  • Drop Course Deadlines
  • Disability Studies Minor
  • Voting
  • Graduation Commencement Accommodations
  • Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society Inductions
  • Disabled and Proud National Conference
  • Alternative Textbook Formats

2013-2014 Climate Study

The Division for Diversity and Inclusion is embarking on an extensive climate study to better understand how diversity is viewed and experienced on our campus and in our community. Missouri State University values disability as an integral part of diversity, and so it is very important that the voices of students with disabilities are included. You can find the link to take this survey in your university email account, with the email subject “MSU CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY.” If you cannot find this, please check your spam folder.

You can read more about the climate study here.


Drop Course Deadlines

Students considering dropping a course should keep the following deadlines for dropping classes in mind:

  • Full-Semester Classes: April 11th
  • Second Block Classes: April 25th

Disability Studies Minor

We are pleased to announce that the Disability Studies minor has been approved! To find out more infomation please read this informational flyer.


Voting

Missouri state students are highly encouraged to vote. To do this please follow the attached link and it will give you information explaining where and how to participate. Or you can go directly to the website and find the Voter Registration link located under “Other Resources.”

http://www.missouristate.edu/disability/59286.htm


Graduation Commencement Accommodations

If you would like to make accommodations for the Commencement Ceremony, please send your requests directly to Dean Jungers.

You can contact him via phone or email at:

Phone: 417-836-5527

MikeJungers@MissouriState.edu


 

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society Inductions

Purpose:

Becuase of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishements. In addition this honor society facilitates development if skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students.

If you are interested in joining please email us at DRC@missouristate.edu. Please see the induction criteria listed below.

All students must:

  • Present with a documented disability and work with the Learning Diagnostic Clinic or the Disability Resource Center.
  • Demonstate an interest in disability issues.

Undergraduate students must have:

  • Completed a minimum of 24 credits
  • Earned an overall Quality Point Average of 3.10.

Graduate students must have:

  • Completed a minimum of 18 credits.
  • Earned an overall Quality Point Average of 3.30.

Disabled and Proud National Conference

Please save the date ( Oct 18-19, 2014) and dare to dream for the Disabled and Proud National Conference on the Syracuse University Campus. To find out more information and to be directed to the registration link please read this informational flyer.


Alternative Textbook Formats

If you use alternative formats of your textbooks and are planning to take summer courses please let the Access Technology Center know. The ATC is not notified when you register for classes so we will not order books unless you let us know you have registered. With the short amount of time between the spring and fall semester the sooner you let us know the more likely we will be able to get your books to you before the semester begins.

If you plan to return in the fall there is no need to let us know unless you have a change in preference of textbook format or make changes to

your schedule after June 1st. We will begin pulling all current student schedules in June to prepare for the fall semester.

If you are graduating please let us know so we can remove you from our e-mail lists. Congratulations!


We encourage you to subscribe to the DRC blog. You can also stay up-to-date with the Access Technology Center (ATC) by subscribing to the ATC blog.

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DRC Newsletter: January 2014

Keep up to date with the Disability Resource Center by reading our newsletter here.

In This Issue:

  • 2013-2014 Climate Study
  • Drop Course Deadlines
  • Weather Issues
  • Changes to Scheduling Out-of-Class Exams
  • BearConnect Meetings for Spring Semester
  • Internship/Employment Meet and Greet with Springfield Employers

2013-2014 Climate Study

The Division for Diversity and Inclusion is embarking on an extensive climate study to better understand how diversity is viewed and experienced on our campus and in our community. DiversityWorks Inc., the independent contractors who are conducting the study, will be on campus in February to facilitate discussion groups amongst students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and community members from diverse backgrounds.

Missouri State University values disability as an integral part of diversity, and so it is very important that the voices of students with disabilities are  included. Keep an eye out next semester for opportunities to share your voice. You can read more about the climate study here.


Drop Course Deadlines

Students considering dropping a course should keep the following deadlines for dropping classes in mind:

  • First Block Classes: February 24th
  • Full-Semester Classes: April 11th
  • Second Block Classes: April 25th

Weather Issues

If students encounter any barriers due to weather, such as snow or ice, students should report the barrier to Work Management (417-836-8400) to have the barrier removed. Please also contact the Disability Resource Center, so that we can know about the issue.


Changes to Scheduling Out-of-Class Exams

The procedures for scheduling out-of-class exams has changed slightly for Spring semester in order to create a more streamlined and convenient service for all involved. Below is a summary of these changes:

  • There is now an out-of-class testing landing page, where you can find a description of the requirements and forms for out-of-class testing.
  • Students will no longer provide their syllabi to the DRC. There are two options for scheduling tests, described below.
  • Students wanting to schedule their exams ahead of time will utilize the Schedule Multiple Exams by Course form. This form allows students to schedule all of their exams for a single course at one time. Note that students will need to fill out one form per course.
  • Students wanting to schedule their exams one at a time will utilize the old form, now called the Schedule a Single Exam form.
  • In both cases, students should notify the DRC as soon as possible when they need to cancel or reschedule a test. This allows our office to more efficiently utilize our resources.

BearConnect Meetings for Spring Semester

BearConnect, the new student organization for students with disabilities, invite all interested students to attend their regular meetings: every Friday at 3:00pm. Their January 24th meeting will be in PSU311. All other meetings will be in PSU309.


 

Internship/Employment Meet and Greet with Springfield Employers

The City of Springfield, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Ozark Region Missouri Career Center and City Utilities are hosting a “Meet and Greet” with students to connect college students with potential employers based on your college major for possible internships and employment opportunities.

The “Meet and Greet” will take place on February 13, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. at the Missouri Career Center located on E. Sunshine in Springfield, Missouri. Transportation will be provided if needed. If you would like to receive an invitation to attend this event, please email Francine Pratt (Director of Multicultural Programs) your name, college major and expected graduation year. At this event you will also learn more information the Network (Springfield’s Young Professional Group).

Please respond by January 23, 2014. Feel free to contact Francine at fpratt@missouristate.edu if you need more information.


We encourage you to subscribe to the DRC blog. You can also stay up-to-date with the Access Technology Center (ATC) by subscribing to the ATC blog.

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