By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Events posted: Jul, 18th 2019

Tackling the Issues with Disability Services in Higher Education

Providing the best experience and tools for success for disabled individuals is no longer optional for all higher education institutions. This is due to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) which “enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities” that include “discrimination on the basis of disability as prohibited by […]

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By Adam Crick in Announcements, Best Practices, Disability Services, Tips and Tricks posted: Apr, 5th 2019

A History of United States Accessibility Laws

The fight for equal rights for people with disabilities has had plenty of ups and downs across the years. Major accomplishments happened after 1970 when a Washington, D.C. court decides every child has the right to a free education. Cielo24’s infographic outlines a brief timeline of U.S. accessibility laws. Although there are numerous laws that […]

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By Adam Crick in Announcements, Best Practices, Disability Services, Tips and Tricks posted: Mar, 29th 2019

How do Students Feel About Accessibility Awareness on Campus?

In 2018, EDUCAUSE and its Center for Analysis and Research released their 5th annual study of undergraduate students and information technology. More than 64,000 students from 130 U.S. and international institutions were surveyed. Using the results they were able to make generalized statements relating to technology, activities, and access to resources. Accessibility is a large […]

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By Nicholas Standage in Disability Services posted: Oct, 29th 2018

Why Disability Services Management Should be an Institution-wide Concern

The number of undergraduate and postgraduate students who declare a disability has increased by at least 50% in the UK, while at least 11% of the student population in 2016 has declared some form of disability. However, there is little awareness of the disability services provided by educational institutions. Many of those who do provide […]

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By Adam Crick in Best Practices, Disability Services, Tips and Tricks posted: Sep, 6th 2018

5 Steps for Introducing an Institution-wide Accessibility Approach

Traditionally higher education institutions have been handling accommodation requests through manual processes and homegrown databases. As more students with disabilities enroll in college, staff in accessibility services are tasked with processing more accommodations without the tools to effectively respond to requests. Furthermore, gaining the executive buy-in needed to allocate budget into streamlining accessibility requests is […]

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By Adam Crick in Advising, Disability Services posted: Aug, 2nd 2018

Symplicity Accommodate Clients Take a Proactive Stance on Diversity and Inclusion

A handful of Symplicity Accommodate clients have shown their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment by signing The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge. This CEO-driven business commitment is intended to advance diversity and inclusion and is motivated by the fact that change starts at the top. CEOs from Lehigh University, William […]

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By Theresa Bibeau in Disability Services posted: Oct, 14th 2016

Hiring Employees With Disabilities: Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act lays out a variety of rules for companies that hold contracts or subcontracts with the federal government. These rules dictate that the companies must take affirmative steps towards hiring individuals with disabilities (IWDs). The section is part of the larger Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the goal of which is to prevent discrimination based on disability. If a federal contractor or subcontractor doesn’t understand Section 503, the consequences of their hiring practices could prove costly.

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By Elliot Golden in Disability Services posted: Aug, 30th 2016

Why Accommodate Matters to Federal Contractors

Many are familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a landmark bipartisan civil rights legislation that guaranteed protections for people with disabilities. The law not only provides federal guidance and requirements concerning disability accommodations, but also extends to ensure people with disabilities are given appropriate access to public and commercial facilities.

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By Cristina Restrepo in Disability Services posted: Mar, 2nd 2016

Accommodate All Your Employees Equally This Year

Providing equal, fair, and timely accommodations has been an important issue for all businesses and organizations, from colleges and universities to corporations and nonprofits. An employer with strong accommodation services is more likely to attract and retain talented job candidates and keep them happy. Implementing accommodation efforts is more than the right thing to do; it’s also the smart thing to do.

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