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Welcome to the Fall 2019 semester! The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is offering three workshops to help you get ready for the start of the semester. In these workshops you will learn how to implement services that you may be approved for such as Letters of Accommodations, exam request forms, or note taking request forms. Register now to attend a group workshop where we will review the processes together. You will have the chance to ask…

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By Maryann B. Hunsberger Photos by Rebecca Shavulsky When Hollis Painting, communications director at Advancing Opportunities in Ewing, contacted me about Carly Hewitt, she told me that the 23-year-old had a compelling story to tell. Hewitt reached out to me by email soon after, expressing an interest in being interviewed. I didn’t realize as I tried to set up a phone interview with Hewitt that she is mostly nonverbal. We began our…

If there is a topic you would like us to address in the future – or, if you would like to write an article for us - please contact us at ods@echo.rutgers.edu. Accommodating Students - So you received a Letter of Accommodation. What’s next? WHAT do I do when I get an accommodation letter? The letter of accommodations (LOA), informs the professor of the necessary accommodations required to facilitate equal access in class. The professor should…

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In partnership with faculty and staff across campus, the Office of Disability Services is excited to kick off their monthly Access Advocates feature. This month, Residence Life helps us understand why it may seem like you are seeing more animals in classrooms and residence halls. If there is a topic you would like us to address in the future – or, if you would like to write an article for us - please contact us at ods@echo.rutgers.edu.  …

In the summer of 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law ground-breaking legislation created to improve the lives of people throughout the United States. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated for the first time that individuals could not be discriminated against because of their disability. This broad civil rights law paved the way for individuals with disabilities to receive the same opportunities and experiences as their…