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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!


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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.


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Missouri Association of Blind Students Winter Retreat

ATTENTION BLIND STUDENTS

Have you ever wanted to meet other students who are blind or visually impaired, but have never been able to have the opportunity to gather in one place?  Now is your chance.  The National Federation of the Blind division of the Missouri association of blind students welcomes you to our winter student retreat.  It will be held Saturday January 18, 2014 from 11am to 3pm at Missouri State University.  The event will be held in the Plaster Student Union in room 313. There will be free Pizza, soda, and all the chances to enjoy good food and meet awesome students like yourselves. We will have students speaking on topics such as guide dogs, effective advocating to your disability office and rehabilitation agency, accessibility in college, and much more. We look forward to meeting many new people and enjoying a good slice of pizza with new friends! Any and all are welcome and on behalf of the Missouri Association of blind students, WELCOME!

If you or someone you know is interested, or has any questions feel free to contact me at bb131993@yahoo.com Or on my cell at 816-752-3730

Thank you, and we hope to see you on Saturday!

Bethany Bennington
President Missouri Association of Blind Students

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DRC Newsletter: November 2013

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

In This Issue:

  • 2013-2014 Climate Study
  • Accommodations for Commencement
  • Interpreters/CART/Alternative Textbooks for Spring 2014
  • Food Assistance for Students
  • 2014 Youth in Development Internship Program

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 throughout the spring semester to interview students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and community members from diverse background.

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


Accommodations for Commencement

Graduating students who would like to receive accommodations for their commencement ceremony should contact Mike Jungers, Dean of Students, at MikeJungers@MissouriState.edu.


Interpreters/CART/Alternative Textbooks for Spring 2014

Students needing interpreting or CART services for Spring 2014 should notify the Disability Resource Center ASAP, so that we can begin scheduling these services. You can call the office at 417-836-4192 or email us at DRC@missouristate.edu.

Those students needing alternative format textbooks for next semester should contact the Access Technology Center ASAP so that they can being processing requests. You can call their office at 417-836-4275 or email them at ATC@missouristate.edu.

For interpreting, CART, and alternative textbooks it is important for students to let DRC/ATC staff know when you add or drop courses, because we are not informed otherwise.


 Food Assistance for Students

  • Facing food insecurity?
  • Going hungry?
  • Not quite able to make ends meet?
  • Needing something to get you through to the next paycheck?
  • Financial aid or other assistance
Read more about the Student Food Pantry and other food assistance.

2014 Youth in Development Internship Program

The summer 2014 Youth in Development (YiD) internship program is now open for applications from November 11, 2013, through January 29, 2014.

The YiD program focuses on youth with disabilities from across the U.S. who are interested in international development and foreign affairs careers.  The summer 2014 YiD internship program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks.  This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

To learn more about the YiD program, what expenses USICD would be able to cover, eligibility criteria, and the application process, please visit http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=257.


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DRC Newsletter: October 2013

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

In This Issue:

  • DRC Location Change
  • Changes to Out-of-Class Testing
  • Scheduling Out-of-Class Exams
  • Alternative Format Textbooks for Spring 2014
  • Priority Registration
  • Last Day to Drop a Class
  • Disability Studies Vote & Panel
  • Diversity Climate Survey

DRC Location Change

It has been a busy few months at the Disability Resource Center!  As you may know, we moved to Carrington Hall 302, in the Division for Diversity & Inclusion office suite. Our office experienced some backlog and growing pains during this move, and we want to thank all of the students registered with our office for your patience during this time.


Changes to Out-of-Class Testing

As many of you are aware, some of the out-of-class testing procedures have been changed starting this semester. To offer a quick review: the Disability Resource Center is still in charge of all out-of-class test scheduling and coordination. If you need to schedule an exam, change the exam date or time, or otherwise discuss out-of-class testing, you will work with the DRC. The location for out-of-class testing is now in the Access Technology Center, in Meyer Library, Rooms 201B-201G. This is where you will go to take your exams.


Scheduling Out-of-Class Exams

Students should schedule exams through the DRC at least three business days in advance, so that we can be sure to have your exam and accommodations ready in time. Exams should be scheduled for Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Exams can start at 8:00am if needed to accommodate a student’s schedule or if the instructor insists. Students should discuss and agree with their instructors on the date and time of their out-of-class exams before scheduling the exams with the DRC.

You now have two options for scheduling exams: You can provide the DRC with your class syllabi and the accommodations you would like to receive, and we will schedule your exams for the entire semester in advance. However, because classes will often deviate from their syllabi schedules, you do need to let our office know when an exam date moves. Your second option is to fill out the Schedule an Exam with DRC online form, which you can find a link to on the DRC main webpage, under Student Resources.


 Alternative Format Textbooks for Spring 2014

If you use alternative format textbooks from the Access Technology Center please let them know as soon as you register. This will allow the ATC staff to start ordering your books early; increasing the chances they can get all your books before the start of the spring semester. You can contact the Access Technology Center at 417-836-4275, or by email at atc@missouristate.edu.


Priority Registration

Qualifying students should note that priority registration begins on Thursday, October 31st at 7:00am.


Last Day to Drop a Class

Students should be aware that the last day for dropping a course is Friday, November 8 for full-semester courses and Tuesday, November 19 for second-block courses.


Disability Studies Vote & Panel

The Disability Resource Center has been working closely with interested faculty to establish a disability studies minor at Missouri State University. Last month, faculty senate voted down the proposal for the new minor, citing budget concerns. The faculty committee is currently working with the Provost’s office to determine a source of funding and the next step forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katheryne Staeger-Wilson, the Director of the Disability Resource Center, by email or by phone at 417-836-4192.

The faculty committee will be hosting a panel on the value of disability studies on Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 PM in Glass Hall 102. All interested students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend.


Diversity Climate Survey

The Division for Diversity & Inclusion is preparing to embark on an 18-month diversity climate study conducted by DiversityWorks, Inc.  A climate study is a research project conducted at a university seeking to find out people’s perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors affecting the institutional, learning, and surrounding environments. Missouri State University includes disability as an integral part of diversity, and wants to hear the voices of disabled campus community members in this study. To find out more information, visit the Climate Study webpage.


 

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SWCIL Disability History Awareness Month Celebrations

Disability History Awareness Month FlyerOctober is Disability History Awareness Month! Help us celebrate the movement!

Free Our People Party
Thursday, October 3, 2013
1:30-3:30pm
Springfield Office
Help us celebrate those that have transitioned out of an institutional setting back into the community.

Know Your Disability History Workshop
Friday, October 4, 2013
1:00-3:00pm
Springfield Office

Celebrate Disability History Month
Thursday, October 10, 2013
1:00-4:00pm
Branson Office

L.O.O.P – Advocacy in Action
Friday, October 11, 2013
11:00am-1:30pm
Springfield Office

Independent Living Collage Project
Circle of Friends Craft Group
Thursday, October 17, 2013
1:30-3:30pm
Springfield Office

Universal Design Webinar
Thursday, October 22, 2013
9:00-10:30am
Springfield Office

Parade and March
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
3:00pm
Springfield Office

Check Facebook, www.swcil.org/events, or call us for details. Contact Bonnie (bwopp@swcil.org) to be added to the events mailing list. Please RSVP one week before the event. Please request accommodations two weeks before the event. Limited transportation available.

Southwest Center for Independent Living
417-886-1188 v/tty
800-6767245

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DRC Newsletter: April 2013

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

In This Issue:

  • Out-of-Class Testing for Finals Week
  • New Student Organization: Bear Connect
  • President’s Council on Disability
  • Accommodations for Commencement
  • Accessible Textbooks for Summer Semester

Out-of-Class Testing for Finals Week

For students wanting to take their final exams in the Disability Resource Center, please contact our office ASAP to schedule your final exams if you have not already done so. Note that to accommodate the large number of exams that occur during finals week, final exams are scheduled Monday through Thursday at one of three times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Students should discuss with their instructors which time will work best with their schedules.


New Student Organization: Bear Connect

Bear Connect, the new student organization of those with disabilities, invites interested students to attend their meetings, Thursdays at 4:00p.m., on the PSU 3rd Floor. Questions? Contact president Michael Jenkins (Michael012@live.missouristate.edu) or advisor Megan Shadrick (MeganShadrick@MissouriState.edu).


President’s Council on Disability

The President’s Council on Disability is currently seeking interested students to serve on the council. Participants would represent student interests during monthly committee meetings, and bring issues of disability and access to the attention of the university. If you are interested, please contact Tim Lehmann at TimLehmann@MissouriState.edu.


 Accommodations for Commencement

Graduating students who would like to receive accommodations for their commencement ceremony should contact Mike Jungers, Dean of Students, at MikeJungers@MissouriState.edu.


Accessible Textbooks for Summer Semester

Students wanting to receive accessible/alternative textbooks for the summer semester should contact Megan Shadrick at the Access Technology Center soon so that she can have them ready for you in time. You can email Megan at MeganShadrick@MissouriState.edu or call the ATC at 417-836-4275.


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 Student Satisfaction Survey

The Disability Resource Center invites students registered with the DRC to complete the following short survey on their satisfaction level with our office and Missouri State University, as well as suggestions for how we can improve. Your answers will help the DRC serve as a better resource for you. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes, and participation is voluntary.

You can access the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/97SKLYL

We ask that students complete the survey by Friday, April 12, 2013. We appreciate your participation.  Physical copies of the survey are also available in the Disability Resource Center.

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DRC Newsletter: March 2013

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In This Issue:

  • Disability Cultural Event: Tekki Lomnicki
  • Roundtable Discussion on Disability
  • New Student Organization: Bear Connect
  • President’s Council on Disability
  • Accommodations for Summer Semester
  • Priority Registration
  • Dropping Classes
  • Accommodations for Commencement

Disability Cultural Event: Tekki Lomnicki

The Disability Resource Center invites students to celebrate Women’s History Month and disability pride by attending an evening of monologues with Tekki Lomnicki on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00p.m. in Carrington Auditorium.

Solo performer and artistic director of Tellin’ Tales Theatre, Tekki, a person with dwarfism, believes in the healing power of stories. She is a solo performer, playwright and educator. She has devoted her craft to finding ways to incorporate her abilities and those of others to perform compelling stories. In 1995, Tekki and two friends formed Tellin’ Tales Theatre. The company, dedicated to building community through story, produces adult solo performance as well as a life-changing mentoring program and show called “Six Stories Up” featuring kids and adults with and without disabilities.

As a follow up to her evening of monologues, Tekki Lomnicki will be leading a discussion on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7 p.m. in PSU 313. The topic will be acceptance of those with differences.


 Roundtable Discussion on Disability

The Disability Resource Center is currently engaging in a research project exploring the history of disability services and culture at Missouri State University. Part of our research includes an oral history project, which means we interview administrators, students, and alumni about their experiences at MSU with relation to disability. For current students, the DRC will be organizing a roundtable discussion later this semester to gain multiple perspectives on disability services and culture at MSU.

All students with disabilities are welcome to attend the roundtable discussion. The date and time of the discussion will be determined based on the availability of interested participants. Participation is voluntary. The Disability Resource Center would like to hear from as many voices as possible, so we highly encourage and appreciate your participation. The roundtable discussion will be audio-recorded and stored in the University Archives & Special Collections, and may be used for future research and analysis.

If you would like to participate, please email Adam Crawford, the Disability Resource Center Graduate Assistant, at adam1991_@missouristate.edu


New Student Organization: Bear Connect

Bear Connect, the new student organization of those with disabilities, invites interested students to attend their meetings, Thursdays at 4:00p.m., on the PSU 3rd Floor. Questions? Contact president Michael Jenkins (Michael012@live.missouristate.edu) or advisor Megan Shadrick (MeganShadrick@MissouriState.edu).


President’s Council on Disability

The President’s Council on Disability is currently seeking interested students to serve on the council. These students would represent student interests during monthly committee meetings, and bring issues of disability and access to the attention of council members. If you are interested, please contact Tim Lehmann at TimLehmann@MissouriState.edu.


Accommodations for Summer Semester

Students wanting to receive accommodations such as CART services, interpreters, accessible textbooks, and accessible technology for the summer semester should contact the Disability Resource Center soon so that we can ensure these will be available for you. You can email the DRC at DRC@missouristate.edu or call us at 417-836-4192.


 Priority Registration

Qualifying students should note that priority registration begins on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00am.


Dropping a Course

Students should be aware that the last day for dropping a course this semester is Friday, April 12.


 Accommodations for Commencement

Graduating students who would like to receive accommodations for their commencement ceremony should contact Mike Jungers, Dean of Students, at MikeJungers@MissouriState.edu.


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: February 2013

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

In This Issue:

  • SUCCESSability Award 2013
  • New Student Organization: Bear Connect
  • Delta Alpha Pi Honors Society
  • Weather-Related Accessibility Issues
  • Scholarships

SUCCESSability Award 2013

Students are invited to send in their nominations for the 2013 SUCCESSability Award. The SUCCESSability Award was created to recognize a full-time faculty or staff member’s commitment toward enhancing the educational experience of students with disabilities as demonstrated by their outstanding proactive and/or innovative efforts in providing an inclusive educational environment.

Students can submit their nominations on the Online SUCCESSability Nomination Form. Students can also fill out a paper nomination form in person at the Disability Resource Center, PSU405.

Nominations are due by Tuesday, February 26, 2013.


 New Student Organization: Bear Connect

Bear Connect, a new student organization at MSU, would like to hold its first meeting very soon! The purpose of this organization is to promote educational, social, and community service opportunities for all students with disabilities. Meetings and membership are open to ALL MSU students.

If you are interested in getting involved or learning more please contact Michael Jenkins at Michael012@live.missouristate.edu


 Delta Alpha Pi Honors Society

Delta Alpha Pi, the Disability Honors Society at MSU, will soon be initiating new members. Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. In addition, this honor society facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students.

Interested students should contact the Disability Resource Center via email (drc@missouristate.edu), phone (417-836-4192), or by visiting our office. For more information on the purpose, history, and admissions criteria of Delta Alpha Pi, visit the Delta Alpha Pi webpage.


Weather-Related Accessibility Issues

If you are unable to navigate campus due to snow or ice, please contact both the Disability Resource Center (417-836-4192) and Work Management (417-836-8400). We will collaborate with Work Management to remove the barrier as soon as possible.


Scholarships

Did you know that there are scholarships specifically directed toward students with disabilities? The Disability Resource Center encourages you to complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application, through which you can automatically apply for nearly 1,000 donor-funded scholarships at Missouri State University. These include disability and diversity scholarships which you can read more about on our website:

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

We wish you luck in applying! Remember that the application deadline is March 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). To complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application, see the instructions below.

How to Access the Application:

  • Go to My.missouristate.edu and log in using your Bear Pass and Password.
  • Select the Profile Tab and find the Financial Aid Channel.
  • Select the General and Departmental Scholarship Application.
  • You will be automatically logged into Scholarship Manager (you shouldn’t be prompted for a Username or Password) and will have the option to either search through the database of scholarships or start your application.
  • You will select one of three different applications – Incoming Freshman Application, Current Undergraduate Application, or Graduate Student ApplicationSELECT ONLY ONE APPLICATION – the application that is applicable to your student type as of the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 Academic School Year.

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