[Athen] non-technical question regarding accommodations

Ron Stewart ronrstewart at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 07:55:50 PDT 2015

Is there a backup plan for those students this system does not work for? Or
at least a tracking system to see what students are and are not requesting?
I am a firm believer in empowerment, but for some students the power
differential and their lack of self-advocacy skills makes an entirely
student centered systems problematic.

Ron Stewart

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Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015 9:42 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] non-technical question regarding accommodations


Our office uses a management software program that allows students to login
to a secure site and request accommodations each semester. Once approved,
they select the courses and accommodations for which they are approved and
those accommodation letters are sent directly to faculty via email.

This allows us to put onus on the student, as they must log in and send the
letter request, and then sends the electronic copy to faculty.

The system we use is http://accessiblelearning.com/OSMS.aspx

If you have any further questions, feel free to give me a ring!


Marcie Dimač, M.A. Ed.

Coordinator, Assistive Technology

Student Accessibility Services

Kent State University

Ground Floor, Rm. 23

DeWeese Center

P.O. Box 5190

Kent, Ohio 44242

Phone: 330-672-3391

Fax: 330-672-3763

Email: mdimac at kent.edu


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Subject: [Athen] non-technical question regarding accommodations

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.

This is a non-technical question, but since I am doing some research I
thought I would include ideas from my friends "down south" ;)

We are currently debating the pros and cons of distributing accommodation
information to profs via email.

Could you please tell me if your institution is asking students to
distribute their accommodation letters themselves or if you are emailing
them directly to the professors.

If you are emailing, can you explain how you are doing it, problems you have
experienced with this process and any pros and cons you'd like to share.



Debi Turner

Assistive Technician, Disability Services

Humber ITAL

Student Success & Engagement

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Toronto, Ontario

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