The Lowdown – April 2010

The Lowdown from DRC

We’re in the home stretch of the semester. Here’s some information for you about accommodations, our new Featured Partner, and other interesting tidbits. Please peruse this issue and the links, and email me at if you would like to reply to this message.

Sharon Downs, Director

Accommodations Reframed

Providing individual disability-related accommodations is something UALR has done for as long as the Americans with Disabilities Act has been in place, and even before then. But something we’ve learned along the way is that often it’s the environment in which students interact that is the disabling factor. We in the Disability Resource Center are working to help create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments, and a big part of that happens in the classroom. How you set up your class goes a long way in determining whether individual disability-related accommodations will be needed.

Here is some information to help you know how the accommodation process works, and, if you choose, options you can employ to lay out your class in such a way as to make it more inclusive from the beginning. We will be adding to this list. Please let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to cover!

Accommodations Reframed: Note Taking

Svetlana and the Inacessible Textbook

Our department often asserts that disability resides in the environment, not in the individual. We found a video that illustrates that idea perfectly. Watch this video about Svetlana (or this version which is has an audio description). It’s thought-provoking, and we hope you’ll take the time to view the video and discuss it with your colleagues.

DRC Staff Training in Denver

Melanie Thornton, DRC Associate Director and Director of Project PACE, recently provided leadership training in Denver, helping to spread the word about building accessible environments for our students. Full article: DRC’s Thornton Provides Leadership in National Project

Featured Partner

Catherine Lowry, coordinator of the Information Technology program, is the DRC Featured Partner. She utilizes teaching strategies that reach each and every one of her students. Full article: Catherine Lowry

Photo of Catherine Lowry

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