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Student Disability Services Highlights

2014-2015   

The mission of Student Disability Services is to support students with disabilities by ensuring academic access and inclusion in all aspects of university programming.  We adhere to the laws that dictate higher education compliance for students with disabilities:  ADAA (2008) and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Expanding well beyond the legal mandates, SDS is also committed to student success and inclusion focusing on students’ abilities, not their disabilities. 

The 2014-2015 academic year was a busy one with growth in the number of students registering for services and using SDS supports.  We ended the 2014-2015 academic year with three disability specialists on staff as well as an accommodation support specialist who provided support for our deaf and hard of hearing students.   During the spring and summer we prepared for the use of an online student management system beginning in the fall 2015 semester. 

During the 2014-2015 academic year SDS continued to collaborate with administrators, faculty and staff to ensure that reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities were provided.  Outreach efforts resulted in an increase of students registering with SDS for services and support.  The 2014-15 school year saw a 4% increase from the previous year in the number of new students registering with SDS.

Overall, by the end of the winter 2015 semester, 4.4% of the WSU undergraduate student population had disclosed a documented disability and registered with Student Disability Services.  The number of undergraduate students utilizing SDS services was in alignment with national averages.  The number of graduate and professional students requesting support services from SDS was at 1.1%.  

A glance at SDS activity:

  • Fall 2014 SDS issued accommodations to 430 students
  • Fall 2014 SDS administered 1269 exams to students
  • Winter 2015 SDS issued accommodations to 381 students
  • Winter 2015 SDS administered 1385 exams to students
  • SDS supported 11 deaf and hard of hearing students in the 2014-2015 academic year
  • On April 2, 2015 SDS held its annual scholarship and awards ceremony and awarded 11 students for their scholarship and persistence.  These awards totaled $8300 and supported the WSU educational experience for SDS registered students.

 

2015-2016

The mission of Student Disability Services is to support students with disabilities by ensuring academic access and inclusion in all aspects of university programming.  We adhere to the laws that dictate higher education compliance for students with disabilities:  ADAA (2008) and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Expanding well beyond the legal mandates, SDS is also committed to student success and inclusion focusing on students’ abilities, not their disabilities.

 

Student Disability Services is guided by values that promote an inclusive community for all individuals.  We value collaboration as a means to increase understanding and knowledge for the needs of individuals with disabilities.  Through collaboration we promote access for all members of the Wayne State community.  Guided by the values of collaboration and access, SDS has a vision that WSU’s educational opportunities, service, programs, and technology can be accessed seamlessly by all members of the WSU community. 

 

The 2015-2016 academic year was an exciting one for Student Disability Services.  We started the Fall 2015 semester using our new online student management system, Accommodate.  This system has removed barriers for students wishing to register for support services allowing them to request services online. Students are scheduled for appointments without delay.  By streamlining the registration process, SDS saw a 40% increase in the number of intakes during the 2015-2016 school year from the previous year.  Accommodate has also allowed students to request testing services in SDS easily rather than rely on a cumbersome paper request process.   We saw a 6% increase in the number of exams administered this year compared to the previous year. 

 

During the 2015-2016 academic year Student Disability Services continued to collaborate with faculty, administrators, and staff to ensure equal access for students with disabilities and to promote awareness of the needs of individuals. In November 2015 SDS was proud to host a three-day exhibit, “Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit,” which was designed to build awareness about people with disabilities and the disability movement. The exhibition took place in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library atrium and was visited by members of the WSU community and individuals from nearby colleges and universities.

 

Outreach efforts continued throughout the 2015-2016 school year.  SDS held its Liaison Workshop for advisors and staff in both the fall and winter semesters.  We also attended fall and spring open house events on campus and participated in twenty-five orientation programs in the spring and summer for transfer and new WSU students.

 

At the end of the winter 2016 semester Student Disability Services had 794 registered undergraduate students with documented disabilities.  This number represents 4.5% of the WSU undergraduate student population.  At the end of the 2016 winter semester SDS had 286 registered graduate and professional students with documented disabilities, 3.0% of the WSU graduate student population.  The overall number of students registered with SDS was 4.0% of the student population.  By the end of the 2016 spring/summer term, Student Disability Services had 1152 registered students.

 

A glance at SDS activity:

 

Fall 2015 SDS issued accommodations to 460 students

Fall 2015 SDS administered 1225 exams to students

Winter 2016 SDS issued accommodations to 393 students

Winter 2016 SDS administered 1327 exams to students

Spring/Summer 2016 SDS issued accommodations to 143 students

Spring/Summer 2016 SDS administered 276 exams to students

SDS supported 11 deaf and hard of hearing students in the 2015-2015 academic year

On April 14, 2016 SDS held its annual scholarship and awards ceremony and awarded 5 students for their scholarship and persistence.  These awards totaled $5,200 and supported the WSU educational experience for SDS registered students.

From an informal questionnaire given to SDS students at the end of winter 2016 approximately 100 students responded with the following:

   -57% of these students visited SDS at least every 2 weeks

  -SDS is regarded as a friendly, welcoming place

  -SDS was the most noted group that students would miss if they left WSU