Cleveland State University

Disability Services

Disability Awareness Week

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We are very excited to host our second annual CSU Disability Awareness Week, February 5th through 7th. 2013! We encourage other offices and departments to participate in developing programming for future Disability Awareness Weeks. The 2012 Disability Awareness Week was a success due to the participation of the Rec Center, Center for Teaching Excellence, Counseling Center, and Occupational Therapy programs. Please stop by our office (MC 147) or call us at 216-687-2015 with any questions. Please help us to make Disability Awareness Week a success!

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2013 Disability Awareness Week

Sessions at the 2013 Disability Awareness Week include:

The New Face of the ADA: The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments


Presented by Linda Casalina, M.A., Assistant Director of Disability Services

  • Learn more about the changes that have occurred within disability law and how they will impact on the identification of students with disabilities as well as the delivery of disability accommodations.
  • Tuesday, February 5. 2013, 11:00 am, MC 146

Returning Veterans: Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD

Presented by Pat Hall, MSN, CNS, Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • Learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how these diagnoses influence students in the college setting. The common issues for students with these diagnoses and the best way to facilitate their success in college settings will be discussed.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013 1:00 pm, MC 146

Open House for the New Adaptive Technology Lab

Presented by: Glen Goodman, PhD, OTR/L, Professor/Director of CSU’s Occupational Therapy Program, and Jeff Dell, Assistive Technology Specialist, Office of Disability Services

  • Learn more about the new Adaptive Technology Lab for individuals with disabilities, specific types of assistive technology, and how to facilitate the success of students using assistive technology in the university setting.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:00 pm, RT 103 Adaptive Technology Lab

Creating Accessible Documents

Presented by Jeff Dell, Assistive Technology Specialist

  • Learn how to create accessible documents (documents that can be accessed using assistive technology) including Word documents, PDFs, and PowerPoints. Individuals who utilize assistive technology often include people who are blind/visually impaired, have learning disabilities influencing reading comprehension, and/ or have other disabilities or medications that influence their ability to concentrate and sustain attention.
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2013 11:00 am MC 146

Play Some Games with Us

Presented by Jeff Dell, Assistive Technology Specialist, Office of Disability Services

  • See what it is like to play interactive video games on our Tap-IT touch screen, interact with games using a variety of switches, and play games using only your hearing. You can also ask all types of questions and pickup some literature.
  • Wednesday. February 6, 2013, 12:00 noon, Main Classroom Atrium

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services: BVR

Presented by Jeff Zola, BVR Counselor

  • Learn more about this governmental service whose goal is to promote independence and self-sufficiency for Ohio citizens with disabilities. Learn how BVR assists individuals with disabilities to acquire personal habits, attitudes and skills (including social skills) to function effectively on the job, develop work habits and understanding of the work world, learn ways to adjust for the loss of bodily or sensory function, increase work tolerance and to provide assistance in job placement, resume development and practice interviews.
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 2:00 pm, MC 146

Invisible Disabilities: ADHD and Learning Disabilities

Presented by Wendy Spitz, MSSA, Learning Disabilities Associates, LLC

  • Learn more about specific learning disabilities and the impact that they can have on student learning. Specific learning disabilities with be described as well as strategies for assisting students in the learning process.
  • Thursday, February 7, 2013, 11:00 am, MC 146

How to Handle Disruptive Students

Panel Discussion including: Valerie Hinton-Hanna, Assistant Dean of Students/ Judicial Affairs Officer, Officer Beverly Pettry, CSU Crime Prevention Officer, Kelly King, Asst. Counsel, Office of University Counsel, Jan Wheaton, PhD, Associate Director for Counseling and Testing and Kristen Knepp, M.S. Counseling Intern

  • Disruptions in the classroom are inevitable, however, when they come from students who interrupt class, are aggressive or confrontational interventions must be made to maintain an environment conducive to learning. Strategies on how to address and defuse volatile situations will be discussed.
  • Thursday, February 7, 2013, 1:00 pm, MC 146

For information on past Disability Awareness Weeks:

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Disability Services
2121 Euclid Avenue
MC 147
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Main Classroom 147
2121 Euclid Avenue
Phone: 216.687.2015
Fax: 216.687.2343

Web Contact
Jeffrey Dell

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