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Students Find a Caring Staff at Campus Access Services

Release Date:
2/8/2011 4:19 PM
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By Corinne Merjave, Admissions Representative

Among the many student-focused offices we have available at the University of New Haven, the Campus Access Services Office works specifically with students who self-identify as having a physical, emotional, or learning disability. Students self-identifying with a disability will find a smooth transition from their high school accommodations to what our university can offer them. Those who have never received assistance for their self-identified disability will find the caring staff of the Campus Access Services Office ready to act as their liaisons to the University of New Haven community and all that it has to offer.

The Campus Access Services Office serves students who self-identify as having a diagnosed disability including, but not limited to: specific learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders, mobility disabilities, vision or hearing disorders, and attention deficit disorders. Veteran students with certain conditions can also find assistance at the Campus Access Services office. When entering the University of New Haven, students must act independently and take it upon themselves to approach the Campus Access Services staff to receive accommodations for their disabilities.

Understanding that not all students learn the same way or have the physical means to learn as other students do, Linda Copney-Okeke, Director, and the rest of the Campus Access Services staff help provide a vast array of accommodations to students self-identifying with a disability. Some of these accommodations include distraction-limited test settings, extended time exams, text-to-speech and voice recognition software, note takers, arranging physical access to campus facilities, auxiliary aids such as readers, sign language interpreters, and e-textbooks and assistive technology training.

D.R.E.A.M. (Disability Resources Education and Access Management) is the summer orientation program organized by the staff of the Campus Access Services Office. During the D.R.E.A.M. orientation, new students will be in a group of five or less and paired with an upperclassman involved in the Campus Access Services Office. This upperclassman will serve as a mentor to the new students during the orientation, the upcoming semester and throughout their years on campus together. D.R.E.A.M. orientation features events such as an opening dinner reception for the new students and their families, icebreaker activities, informational workshops, and a chance to set up their accommodations for the semester.