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You Dont Know Me, But Im Here to HelpThe Trials and Tribulations of Integrating an AT Position into a Campus

Presenter: Van CredleThe Catholic University of AmericaHow did Catholic University get an AT position?How do other campuses bring in assistive technologists?How can I justify the position?Where does the AT person begin?The Assistive Technology Position on Campus

Create partners for awareness, project implementation and fundingUse your colleagues to spread your nameBe an active, outgoing self-promoterFind your friends:IT DepartmentLibraryPublic AffairsAcademic SupportFacultyShaking Hands and Kissing Babies

Find opportunities to hold meetings with potential partners on your campusCreate an open dialogue explaining what you do and learning what your partners really doDiscuss opportunities for collaboration and reasonable timelinesIf necessary, clarify responsibilities for access issuesListen for red flags, but address these at the proper timeA Meeting of AgendasRemember, your first goal is to serve the students with needs

Design your protocol for addressing needs for students with disabilitiesHow much training will you provide?What software and hardware will you provide?What other materials/resources can you provide them?How do you address single issue access needs around campus?Drop-in office hoursCreate protocol of how to help colleagues help students with disabilities

At the Center, StudentsReach out to student organizationsPromote universal design through coordination with clubsWork with other support offices to create workshops and events inclusive of the whole student bodyAround the Center, Students

Address faculty about the benefits of accessible presentationsProvide guides, workshops, and training to faculty on working with technology and students with disabilitiesParticipate in department meetings and coordinate with deansLearn what technology is actually being used in the classroomsWork with online classroom administratorsInto the ClassroomsFind your friends in ITCoordinate reciprocity trainingsDevelop a technology/software evaluation process for new purchasesKnow the law, and be an enforcer of good accessibility practicesBe an asset to advancements on campus, not a barrier

The IT is where its AT

Scenario: The Metropolitan College within CUA is launching a full degree program onlinePlayers: The Metropolitan College, outside online course vendor, CPIT, DSS

Notes: Before designing their online course modules, The Metropolitan College and the outside vendor contacted our campus IT and in turn contacted DSS to discuss accessibility issues. Through a series of coordination meetings, DSS has conveyed what is and is not accessible and how this new program should work with students with disabilities.Application: Online Course AssessmentScenario: New faculty and TAs attend a basic orientation on campus policies and servicesPlayers: Academic deans, faculty and TAs, academic support services, DSS

Notes: The academic deans and academic support services coordinate faculty orientation every year. For the first time, the AT specialist introduced faculty to accessible learning technologies and accessible presentation practices in their orientation. Application: AT in Faculty OrientationScenario: Academic Support wants to help students through technology awarenessPlayers: Academic Support, DSS, student body

Notes: Working with the academic support group, DSS can outreach to the greater student body with tools designed for students with disabilities but with applications for everyone, including campus site-licenses for reading/writing software and mobile device apps. Regular workshops are held open to all students in coordination with academic support and student orientation groups.Application: Outreach to the Student BodyUniversity-wide captioning policyBumps in the RoadHeavy coordination is necessary between CPIT, libraries, academics and DSSPolicy must be reviewed and approved by General Counsel

College of Arts and Sciences Technology Task ForceBumps in the RoadOverhaul of university academics and role for dean of CASScheduling difficulties with department chairs and faculty

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