DRC Newsletter: October 2012

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

In This Issue:

  • Midterm Exams
  • Priority Registration
  • Access Technology Center Open House
  • Dropping a Class
  • Voter Registration
  • Accessible Voting
    • Curbside Voting
    • Accessible Polling Places
    • Accessible Voting Systems
    • Permanent Absentee Voting

Midterm Exams

Midterm exams are fast approaching! Don’t forget to schedule your out-of-class testing with the Disability Resource Center at least 3 business days in advance.

Priority Registration

Priority registration starts October 31st at 7am. Students who are eligible for priority registration will receive an email this week from the DRC explaining the process. Students should schedule an appointment with their advisors soon so that their accounts can be released in time for registration. Students should let the DRC know when they have registered, so we can begin coordinating accommodations for next semester.

Access Technology Center Open House

Thursday, November 1, 2012
11:00am to 2:00pm
Meyer Library 201B – 201G

The Access Technology Center will be hosting an open house on Thursday, November 1st from 11:00am to 2:00pm. MSU faculty, staff, and students will be providing demonstrations of the Assistive Technology available on campus. Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with Assistive Technology devices and software, and have the chance to ask questions of the ATC staff. If you are willing to assist with technology demonstrations please contact the ATC staff (atc@missouristate.edu).

Please note that during this time you may want to use the work station at the Bear CLAW, Glass computer lab, or Cheek computer lab if you plan to study or do homework as the lab will not be a quiet area.

Dropping a Class

If you want to drop or withdraw from a class, please remember that the deadline for full semester classes is Friday, November 9th. The deadline for second block classes is Tuesday, November 20th.

Voter Registration

Students wanting to vote in Missouri have until Wednesday, October 10th to register. Visit the Meyer Library Reference and Government Information Desk, or call (573) 751-2301, for more information.

Accessible Voting

The following information, retrieved from the Missouri Voting Rights Center, details your rights as a disabled registered voter in Missouri.

  • Curbside Voting: Voters with limited mobility can vote “curbside” or outside the polling place. Just go to your polling place and ask someone to go in and ask poll workers to bring a ballot out to you. They should bring you a ballot within a reasonable period of time.
  • Accessible Polling Places: If you have physical disabilities, and your polling place is not accessible, you may request a different polling place assignment so that you may vote in a more accessible polling place. You may also vote at a central location. Simply contact your local election authority to make this request. You can find your local election authority here or by calling (800)NOW-VOTE.
  • Accessible Voting Systems: Every polling place must have an accessible voting system for individuals with disabilities including audiovisual accessibility. Accessible systems include an audio ballot to make your selections or the ability to enlarge text so that you can read the on-screen ballot with ease.
  • Permanent Absentee Voting: If you have a permanent physical disability, you may request to be placed on a designated list so that your local election authority can automatically mail an absentee ballot application directly to you prior to each election. You will need to make this request directly to your local election authority who will send you further information.

For information on absentee voting due to a physical disability, please visit the Greene County Clerk’s Absentee Voting Webpage for more information.

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