Inside Scoop – October 2010

Welcome Students

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer. We also hope that you find the information below informative and helpful. Please email John Barbuto at jabarbuto@ualr.edu if you would like to reply to this message. We look forward to working with you.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and You!

Are you majoring in Education, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work or Rehabilitation Counseling? Or, might you interested in civil rights issues? If you answered yes to either question, keep reading. Ark-AHEAD and UALR are hosting a day-long informative workshop regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAAA) of 2008 and its impact on students, educational institutions and service providers. Ark-AHEAD, an affiliate of the national Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is an organization for professionals working with people with disabilities in postsecondary education settings in Arkansas. The workshop will be on Friday, October, 15, 2010 featuring Mr. Scott Lissner, ADA Coordinator from The Ohio State University. All are welcome to attend. The registration fee includes lunch and an individual Ark-AHEAD membership through June 2011. To learn more about the upcoming workshop or to secure registration materials, please visit: www.arkahead.org.

New Voice Writing

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is piloting a new method of providing transcribing services using Dragon NaturallySpeaking® speech-recognition software. Voice Writing (VW) is a method of transcribing that has generally only been used by court reporters. Now, we are training Dragon to help provide transcribing services to students who have a hearing loss. Traditionally, transcribing required a person to manually type each word to make a transcript of a lecture or presentation. Now, transcribers who are voice writing with Dragon simply speak into a special mask containing a microphone and the software translates the speech into printed text. The DRC will continue to explore and apply VW technology in the classroom and we look forward to fully introducing this method of transcribing to you, the campus and the State of Arkansas.

If you want to see Dragon in action, contact Alvin (azhaas@ualr.edu).

UALR Student Attends National Disability Policy Summit

Anmol Bhatia, a graduate student at UALR attended the National Disability Policy Summit this past summer in Washington D.C. to network, collaborate and learn about disability policies and programs in the 21st century on a local and national level. The summit also celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anmol stated, “It was really exciting to be at the South Lawn, the very place where the ADA was signed into law 20 years earlier.” The summit sought to facilitate discussions for improving the coordination of disability policies, programs, and advocacy efforts and to energize collaborative networks to guide future disability policy regarding the living, learning and earning of people with disabilities in our country. Anmol states, “I found the discussion interesting and the atmosphere open to suggestions from all participants, but the work continues and much more must be done.” Anmol is interested in facilitating a focus group on campus to continue the work and dialogue stimulated at the summit regarding issues and concerns which are critical in shaping disability policy in Arkansas and nationally. If you would like to participate in the focus group, please contact Anmol at anmolpbhatia@yahoo.com or call him at 870-245-8266.

Free Medical Services

Shepherd’s Hope Neighborhood Health Clinic serves the medical, dental and spiritual needs of the working poor who do not have insurance. The clinic is located at 2415 Fair Park Boulevard behind Oak Forest United Methodist Church. The clinic is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about the clinic’s services, please call Russ at 501.663.9407. To schedule a medical or dental appointment, please call 501.614.9523.

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