[Athen] non-technical question regarding accommodations

Dimac, Marcie mdimac at kent.edu
Mon Mar 16 08:02:48 PDT 2015

Hi Ron,

I'm thinking this question is to me!

Yes, we work with students one-on-one when they register to ensure the system is accessible for them. We currently serve roughly 1,000 students on the main campus with disabilities (our university is over 50K) with 7 regional campuses (not included in that figure) and the system allows for excellent tracking and the ability to generate multiple reports. Students with a myriad of varying disabilities use this service with no complaints. We have a computer lab onsite in our office that we use to walk students through the process if they have questions. There are three receptionists at the front who work with students who walk in asking for help.

The system also allows for students to schedule exams through our office, and we implement a 3 business day policy for registering for exams. This also gives us the ability to plan for the volume of students who will be taking exams in our office and puts the onus on the student to register. We believe that with the support provided and our one-on-one individual attention, we are empowering students.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ron Stewart
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015 10:56 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] non-technical question regarding accommodations

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

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Dimac, Marcie
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<mailto:mdimac at kent.edu>


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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
Room A120, Lakeshore Campus
3199 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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