Accommodations for a College Student who has a Mobility Impairment
Indie concert: Arms & Sleepers, American Royalty and Gianni Paci
Arms & Sleepers is an electronic duo from Boston. American Royalty is a psych-pop trio from Brooklyn. Guitarist Gianni Paci is a recent graduate of New York University and is influenced by Buddy Holly and The Beatles. Performer Magazine recently featured him on its cover. $5 at the door; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-4581.
Location: Lounge, Hewitt Union
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Theatre performance: "Young Frankenstein"
$15 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students), including parking in front of Culkin Hall and in lot E-18 east of Culkin. 312-2141. www.oswego.edu/arts
Location: Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall
Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Baseball vs. Plattsburgh
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Baseball Field
Friday, April 25, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Men's Golf Spring Tournament
Location: Oswego, NY - Oswego Country Club
Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/453070221388940 for the latest locations or suggest your own!
Location: Various Cities
Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2014
More information: alumni.oswego.edu/reunion
Location: SUNY Oswego, New York 104, Oswego, NY, United States
Thursday, June 5, noon - noon
(Used with permission from DO IT:Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology email@example.com University of Washington)
Scott and Engineering
My name is Scott. I am a 19-year-old engineering student with muscular dystrophy. I use a powered wheelchair for mobility. An important part of the first year of my engineering program involves work on computer-aided design programs in the engineering computer lab.
Although I can use one hand to control my wheelchair, I have limited strength and movement in my hands and fingers. I cannot use a standard mouse or keyboard due to limited strength and movement. I also cannot physically access some lab computers due to the height of the table and the position of the computer equipment.
I met with my course instructor and toured the computer lab prior to the first class. I could not physically access the lab computers. I contacted the Disabilities Services Office about this issue. (I had provided documentation to this office and received a few accommodations to ensure accessibility in prior courses.) An adaptive technology specialist within the university helped the lab acquire an adjustable computer table and set up the workspace at an appropriate height and location for me. I also got a trackball which eliminated the need to use a mouse. With the trackball, I can perform mouse functions and use a virtual, on-screen keyboard. These computer accommodations were in place by the first day of class. They provided me with the full access I need to complete required laboratory coursework as part of the engineering program.
This case study illustrates:
A variety of assistive devices can be purchased to replace a standard keyboard and mouse.
Some technology access problems can be solved through the purchase and deployment of assistive technology.
Preplanning, site visits, and cooperation with computer lab staff as adaptive computer equipment and furniture take time to order and set up.
The availability of an adaptive technology specialist as a resource within the university setting.
It is important to consider potential accessibility issues whenever electronic and information technology is purchased.
Students should plan ahead in order to arrange for critical access options.