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Refocusing Resources for Disability Support Services' College Access Program

Category: College/Campus News

Published: 2011-11-17 00:00:01.000

REFOCUSING RESOURCES FOR DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES' COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM

While students with learning disabilities are still the largest population of students with disabilities at the College, over the past several years, there has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of students with autism and Asperger's Syndrome on our campuses. In spring of 2009, Disability Support Services (DSS) coded 68 students on the autism spectrum; this past spring, we coded 123. These numbers reflect only students who have self identified to DSS. We know that more students who have not identified to DSS are on our campuses and in our classes.

The Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses each have a staff position dedicated to providing and overseeing tutoring for students with disabilities. In the past, with the large number of students at the Rockville Campus, we have not had the available resources to provide a similar service.

In an effort to support instructional faculty, to be more inclusive of all students with disabilities at Rockville and to provide services to a greater number of students, the College Access Program, after 30+ years, is refocusing resources and shifting from a classroom-based program for students with specific learning disabilities to an academic support program, available to students with a variety of disabilities.

In addition to the classroom and testing accommodations that are authorized in the Accommodation Letters, peer tutoring and academic support are now available. The DSS Academic Support Center is providing peer tutoring in reading and writing, academic support on a limited basis in content areas, academic support in study skills, such as organization and time management, and evaluation and training in Assistive Technology. These services are coordinated by DSS faculty and staff, as well as learning specialists in developmental education. To access all accommodations and services students are required to meet with a DSS counselor.


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