CODI: Cornucopia of Disability Information

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP

The Office of Disability Services and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Office are located in Hampton Hall, Section 5, on Knight Drive. Both
offices provide students and faculty with assistance and information
regarding the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Personnel also assist in
integrating students with disabilities into the Georgia Southern
University community.

A major concern of the University is how to advise students in making the
adjustments that may be necessary for success in their academic careers.
The staff works with students who identify themselves as having documented
disabilities.

Official documentation of a disability, that meets Board of Regents
criteria, is required to determine eligbility for special aids or
adaptations that may helpful on campus.

Staff members of both offices serve as advocates for students with
disabilities, ensuring that students have both physical and programmatic
access to all college programs that will enhance their interactions in all
activities of the campus community.

Staff members can be consulted about adaptations for students with
disabilities, and answer questions that may arise regarding
accommodations.

The Georgia Southern ADA Renew Board advises the Georgia Southern
President on issues to improve the quality of life for students, staff and
faculty members who have disabilities. The main functions of this Board
are to: 1. enhance campus opportunities for people with disabilities, 2.
review existing campus services and programs, 3. strengthen and augment
services where appropriate, and 4. identify and recommend removal of
impediments to accessibility of campus building, facilities, and programs.

SUMMARY OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES

Pre-admission counseling

Priority registration

Limited academic advisement

Special arrangements when needed (room changes, readers, interpreters,
notetakers, tutors and proctors).

READING/TAPING SERVICE

Print disabilities affect many students at Georgia Southern. These
students may have a difficult time studying for their courses due to
disabilities which may include visual, learning or physical disabilities.

The Reading/Taping Service provides audio versions of course materials to
students who need to hear their readings. Operated by the ADA Office, it
provides recordings not available through Recording for the Blind.

The Reading/Taping Service depends on a strong network of dedicated
volunteers who come from the student body, faculty and staff as well as
from the community. Volunteers attend a training session and are called
upon to record any subject that may be needed. The Reading/Taping Service
is headquartered in the ADA Office in Hampton Hall. For more information
about volunteering, call 681-5259; TDD 681-0666.

ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT

Georgia Southern's campus population has varying needs for assistive
devices. Some of the students may require scanners to read printed
materials, while others may use taped textbooks. There are those who would
benefit from an FM system to amplify speech in meetings or in the
classroom. People in wheelchairs may have sufficient use of limbs to
access a computer key with a pencil, others may only be able to use a
voice activated computer. Georgia Southern has made available to its
students, faculty and staff adaptive equipment to accommodate disability
needs. The following list of equipment is available in the Learning
Resources Center of Henderson Library:

CCTV Device which magnifies written materials for persons who may have a
visual impairment of difficulty reading smaller types of print or
low-contrast material.

Zoom-Text: Computer software which enlarges the materials on the computer
screen so that a person with a visual impairment may read them
independently.

IBM Screenreader: Computer software and hardware which provide voice
capacity for whatever materials appear on the computer screen. With this
technology, the computer screen is actually read by voice to the computer
user.

DECtalk with Scanner Machine: Computer software (DECtalk) which works with
hard-ware (scanner). An individual can scan printed materials into the
computer through the scnnner; then the materials can be read through the
utilization of software (DECtalk) which provides voice to the computer
user.

Brailler Printer and Interface: Device which allows for printed materials
to be in Braille form for those persons who are visually impaired/blind
who utilize Braille communication.

A talking scientific calculator for the visually impaired.

The ADA Office in Hampton Hall will arrange use of a wireless, narrow band
FM Hearing Assistance System designed for use in classrooms, auditoriums,
theaters and arenas. It can be used indoors or outdoors.

LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER

The Learning Resources Center, better known as the "LRC", is located on
the first floor of Henderson Library. It provides free tutoring and study
skills advisement to all Georgia Southern University students. Tutoring is
offered in reading, math and English.  Systematic review programs for the
reading portion of the Regents Exam is also offered to students who can
use computer software programs or can receive help from a tutor.

RESIDENCE HALLS

The University offers students with disabilities the same variety of
residence halls it offers to students who do not have disabilities - from
or communal living to apartments. The In-the-Pines Residence Complex,
which is apartment style living, has two apartments that meet ADA
accessibility standards. Housing is available in Sanford Residence Hall (4
accessible rooms, communal residence living). All new residence halls will
meet ADA accessibility standards.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT FOR PUBLICATIONS

All academic departments, student organizations, student clubs, etc. are
strongly encouraged to include the following accommodation statement on
all brochures, flyers and pamphlets announcing upcoming events to which
the public is invited:

"In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Georgia Southern
University will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by
individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if
notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. Direct accommodation
requests to (912) 6815259. TDD (912) 681-0666."

PHONE INDEX

Any of the following offices may be of assistance to you as you teach
students with disabilities. Do not hesitate to contact any of these should
you have questions about students with disabilities. If you need
assistance, and an appropriate office has not been listed, please contact
the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Office for referral to the
correct Office.

OFFICE				LOCATION			PHONE

ADA Office			Hampton Hall		681-5259, TDD 681-0666
Academic Affairs		Academic Affairs Bldg.	681-5258, TDD 681-1645
Affirmative Action Office	Commons Unit  $#500	681-5136, TDD 681-0273
Athletic Ticket Office 		Athletic Dept.		681-5234, TDD 871-1109
Counseling Center		Health Services Bldg.	681-5541, TDD 681-5542
Disability Services		Hampton Hall		681-5259, TDD 681-0666
Henderson Library		Henderson Library	681-5515, TDD 871-1314
Human Resources			Blue Bldg.		681-5468, TDD 681-0791
President’s Office		Administration Bldg.	681-5521, TDD 871-1454
Public Safety			Public Safety Bldg	681-5234, TDD 681-5119
Regents Center for Learning Disorders 	
				Hampton Hall		681-0100, TDD 681-0900
Tools for Life Center		Tools for Life Center	681-5961, TDD 681-0136