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Educating Students with Disabilities Workshop

March 22, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- Students with disabilities need accommodations to get the most from their classes. Western Illinois University faculty and Disability Support Services staff will share proven methods for creating accommodating courses at a workshop on the WIU-Macomb campus Wednesday, April 4.

"Educating Students with Disabilities" will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the University Union Capitol Rooms. The workshop is open free to all WIU faculty.

Robin Jones, director of DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center and an instructor in the department of disability and human development at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will deliver the keynote address, "Do the Right Thing the Right Way: Roles and Responsibilities for Teaching Students with Disabilities," beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the University Union Lamoine Room. Jones will also present her address from 4-4:45 p.m. at the WIU-Quad Cities campus, Room 102, in Moline.

Jones has served as the Great Lakes ADA Center director since its inception 15 years ago. She previously served as the director of an independent living center in the Chicago area and as an occupational therapy practitioner at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She has extensive experience as a trainer regarding ADA for business, government and disability organizations.

"This workshop will address your rights and responsibilities as a faculty member; how Western's support staff can help you help students; course design strategies; and techniques for making web pages more accessible to students with disabilities," said Cathy Couza, director of Affirmative Action and ADA Compliance at Western.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

8:30-8:45 a.m. -- Continental breakfast.

8:45-9 a.m. -- Opening remarks, Provost Joe Rallo and Disability Support Services Director Tara Miller.

9-9:50 a.m. -- "Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Faculty Rights and Responsibilities," Couza and Miller.

10-10:45 a.m. -- "Universal Design and Course Preparation," Eric Mansfield, professor of educational and multidisciplinary studies.

10:45-11 a.m. -- "Can You Hear This Webpage?", Laura Glowacki, communication

11-11:30 a.m. -- "30 Minutes to Better Web Accessibility," Bradley Dilger, English and journalism.

11:30-11:45 -- Q & A

11:45-12:30 -- Remarks, WIU President Al Goldfarb; Luncheon, Lamoine Room.

12:30-1:15 p.m. -- Keynote address, "Do the Right Thing the Right Way: Roles and Responsibilities for Teaching Students with Disabilities," Jones.

While the workshop and luncheon are free of charge, reservations are required by Monday,
March 26. To RSVP, contact Sue Holzwarth, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR), at 309/298-2434 or e-mail

The workshop is sponsored by CITR, the Office of Affirmative Action and ADA Compliance and Disability Support Services.

For more information, contact Disability Support Services, visit

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