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ADA25 Continues: Website Accessibility & Challenges of Student Veterans


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By: Nichole Moorman

October 19 starts the third week of the Americans with Disabilities Celebration Series, which will include a website accessibility workshop, a discussion on the challenges faced by student veterans, and a demonstration with therapy dogs.

Monday, October 19 from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., a skills demonstration with therapy dogs will be held in Grover W123. Participants will learn about selecting and training therapy dogs, as well as the laws surrounding them.

Later that afternoon, Housing and Resident Executive Director Pete Trentacoste will discuss “Moving from ADA Compliant to Disability Friendly,” and the decision making process in improving accessibility in design and construction, with OHIO’s new residence halls as an example. The discussion will be held in the Living Learning Center at 3 p.m., followed by a tour highlighting accessibility features in residence halls.

On Tuesday, October 20, Veteran and Military Student Services Center Director David Edwards will discuss the challenges veteran students face in the classroom, especially looking at post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). This event will take place in Baker University Center room 231 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 21, a panel will discuss the accessibility assessments conducted on OHIO’s Athens campus in preparation for the International Space University’s nine week Space Studies Program hosted this past summer. The panel will be held in Stocker Hall, room 103 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. October 21, a hands-on training workshop, “Best Practices for Closed Captioning and Transcripts,” will teach the basics of accessible media and how to provide access to more diverse audiences. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., additional training on “Improving Website Accessibility” will help website owners make their content more accessible, by using tools to find what needs attention. Training will be held in Alden Library, room 251.

From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., an interactive presentation on “Personality and Involvement on Campus” will help participants understand their career interests and learn how they can be better involved on campus. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 21 in Baker University Center room 237.

On Thursday, October 22, “Reasonable Accommodations in Employment Applications & Interviews” will discuss the process of responding to requests for accessibility accommodations in the OHIO job search and the options for providing those accommodations. This Lunch and Learn will be held in HRTC 141/145 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

On Friday, October 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a hands-on clay workshop will demonstrate basic hand building techniques and allow participants to build their own clay projects. The workshop will be held at The Dairy Barn, 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens, OH. All ages and abilities are welcome, but space is limited. Contact Lyn Stanton at the Dairy Barn Arts Center to pre-register or request accommodations, by email (lyn@dairybarn.org) or phone (740-592-4981).

Also on Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., “Strategic Futuring For Individuals Living With Disabilities” will help workshop participants create vision-based goals focused on building positive futures, regardless of the impact any disability may present. The workshop will be held at the Athens Community Center, 701 E State St, Athens, OH.

A full list of the ADA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration can be viewed: https://www.ohio.edu/equal-opportunity/pacdap/ada25-celebration.cfm

All events are free and open to the public. Contact access@ohio.edu to request accommodations.