Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

New Publication by Advocacy Consortium for College Students with Disabilities (Rochester, NY)

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

New Publication by Advocacy Consortium for College Students with Disabilities (Rochester, NY)

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Building a College Disability Support Consortium Rochester, NY: The Advocacy Consortium, 1999 38p. Free-of-charge

Since the introduction of Section 504 legislation in the early 1970s, and in some cases, even earlier, many larger colleges and universities developed fairly large, comprehensive programs geared toward inclusion of individuals with disabilities on campus. By now, most institutions of higher education have at least one individual who is charged with disability issues on campus, and in smaller institutions, the disability program might consist of as few as one or two staff members. Students, faculty and staff with disabilities have the same needs, whether they're enrolled in a large state-supported institution or the smallest of private liberal arts colleges; how can the smaller college provide maximum support with a small staff--sometimes, a staff of one?

In many arenas, from library acquisitions to cross-listing academic course offerings, institutions of higher education have created innovative partnerships, or consortia. One such consortium, which dates back to 1989 and whose mission is of particular interest to ITD's readership, is the Consortium for College Students with Disabilities, Rochester, NY. Its institutional membership includes 29 general and specialized small to mid-size colleges, several high schools, and various professional associations in the Rochester area.

This short but very practical and content-rich pamphlet outlines the steps that led to the formation of the Rochester Consortium, beginning with a good working definition of a disability support consortium as "a network that comes together on a regular basis to share ideas, information, and resources to support the successful postsecondary education of students with disabilities. …

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