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Additional Support for Adaptive Devices with Technology for Students with Disabilities

 Increase staffing and services for disability resources. Fund a student access and accommodation system that will reduce litigation due to University non‐ compliance/non‐action.

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
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Progress and Accomplishments

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2017-2018 Plan for the Year Report

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DSS has experienced dramatic increases in the number of students seeking accommodations and access (20% increase) in FY15-16 - 1,672 total and over 1,700 two weeks into fall 2016. SSI funds will be invested to cover the salary/benefits of a full time LD/Mental Health Specialist (counselor) and to cover the expenses of hiring a part time counselor (SSP III - Disability Management Specialist) to provide more direct support for students with disabilities.


Update information: During the FY 16-17 year, 1, 734 students were registered with the DSS office and 1,084 students had between 1 and 12 contacts with our counselors. These contacts included the following: 1,338 accommodations appts, 719 initial interviews, 724 appts for guidance/support/coaching, 8 appts for assessments and 36 miscellaneous appts. The SSI funded counselors provided 43% of these services!


Approximately 400 students with disabilities (25 - 33% of students registered with DSS) graduate each May (past three years). According to IRAS student performance data students with disabilities are progressing parallel with students in the general population: Fall FTF 1 year retention rate was 88.5% for all students and 91.4% for DSS; Fall 06 FTF 6 year gradudation rates were 51.1% for all students and 58.3% for DSS; Fall 08 TRANS 4 year graduation rates were 67.7% for all students and 60.9% for DSS. DSS plans to continue using SSI to support student success through our counselors.



1.5 FTE DSS counselors are supported by SSI funds (one LD/Mental Health Specialist full time and a half time Disability Management Specialist)




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