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ADA Related Efforts at Stony Brook

Meeting with Campus Departments and Offices - May 2019

In May 2019, various offices met to address the concerns regarding ADA and community members with differing abilities.  This group will have ongoing meetings throughout the year to offer solutions and strategies to solved raised concerns during the Spring 2019 Semester.

Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASC)  
  • Renamed in August 2018.
  • New leadership appointed in the fall of 2018
  • Website revamped and improve ease of use.
  • Quick facts: 
    • Highest number of registered students in its history -- close to 1,300 students (approximately 5% of the student population).
    • Will proctor record number of exams this academic year -- close to 5,000 (a 50% increase over the last five years).
  • Highlights of this year's outreach and education efforts:
    • Lunch with Partners (partnership with OIDE and Provost's Office): dialogue around supporting students with disabilities in the classroom environment and promotes inclusivity (supported by the Diversity Plan).
    • ACE student peer mentoring program was launched in fall 2018 and continues to grow.
    • Drop-in hours for faculty (partnership with CELT and the Faculty Center) where faculty can ask SASC staff questions.
    • SASC Night Out (offered by the Staller Center) to all our registered students. Included free ticket to a show and refreshments (approximately 35 students attended). 
    • SASC partnered with the Career Center to help students seeking employment opportunities with their interview skills and techniques.
    • Created partnership with the School of Social Welfare and in discussion about SASC's presence at HSC.
    • Multiple presentations delivered to departments/groups across campus, including: GSO, Library, Anthropology, Advising staff, Enrollment, and Athletics.
    • Created partnership with the nursing program regarding revising their technical standards in a way that is more inclusive.
    • Administered a SASC Student Survey on technology and accessibility.
Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE)

OIDE took on a direct role in addressing employee ADA-related accommodation requests in 2016. Since that time, the following steps have been taken: 

  • Developed ADA accommodation request forms.
  • Provided in-person training to hospital supervisors regarding ADA requirements (note: working on a similar training for West Campus).
  • Identified an HR-ADA liaison for West Campus, the Hospital, and the LISVH.
  • Created an at a glance employee ADA process handout.
  • Updated accessibility information and resources on the OIDE  website.
  • ADA Specialist position created and filled in April 2019. This role will centralize all employee ADA-accommodation request processes and address physical accessibility issues.

By the end of 2019, OIDE plans to develop and launch an online ADA training.

President's ADA Advisory Committee 
  • The Presidential ADA Advisory Committee's structure, goals, and membership have all been reviewed and updated over the past couple of years in order to best serve our campus. In 2017-18, the Committee had in-depth discussions about its mission and understanding of what the term awareness means. A definition of the term was agreed upon for the purposes of helping to guide the group’s direction and future planning efforts.
  • This Committee: 1) provides feedback and recommendations related to the ADA and physical accessibility on campus; and 2) assesses, educates and promotes awareness in the SBU community on issues of inclusion, equal opportunity and accessibility. The Committee has a $15,000 budget that is used for activities that support its mission and carry out its goals. Smaller critical maintenance projects (e.g.: automatic door openers, curb cuts, etc.) that were once funded by the Committee’s budget are now coordinated and funded under the auspices of the Office of Administration.
  • In spring of 2018, the Committee was invited to a presentation – Empowering Students with Disabilities: Findings from Engaging in Participatory Action Research – a collaborative effort led by 7 faculty and staff (from the School of Social Welfare, Disability Support Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services) and 9 students. This group’s work was supported by the Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiative.
  • On March 27, the Committee held its first-ever Colloquium: Education & Exploration: Learning Today & a Path for Tomorrow. Approximately 100 members of the Stony Brook community attended the day, which featured keynote speaker Jeanne Kincaid, a nationally known disability lawyer and consultant. Faculty/staff had the opportunity to engage with Jeanne and go through scenarios. Students engaged with SASC and the Dean of Students Office.
ADA & Technology Steering Committee  

Broad-based administrative group formed in 2015 and charged with: 1) understanding “web accessibility” landscape; 2) identifying and working through challenges across the University; 3) providing overall support and oversight of web accessibility related initiatives; & 4) working to address and implement changes that overcome short-and long-term challenges. Meets each semester to discuss progress and challenges. 

Monitoring SUNY's Emerging Information Technology (EIT) Committee's efforts and upcoming recommendations to the SUNY BOT, which includes: 

  • Implementing SUNY-wide EIT accessibility policy and guidelines
  • Designating an EIT accessibility officer at each campus
  • Creating a campus accessibility action plan
  • Using standards developed by SUNY's committee to implement the policy (covers: websites & software, digital documents & media, procurement, libraries, and classroom technology & design) 
Changing Culture & Building Awareness
  • CELT’s 10th Annual Teaching & Learning Colloquium -- faculty led session on accessible course content.
  • Improved microsite employment platforms for veterans and people with disabilities.
  • Accessibility and expectations built into new administrative positions.
Accessibility Tools 
  • Blackboard Ally launched -- helps faculty make digital course content more accessible.  
  • Transcription services for Echo360.
  • SOLAR upgrades that enhance accessibility.
  • Number of CELT workshops offered that address EIT and accessibility.
Communications Efforts  
  • Developed best practices around accessibility (click  here for more information) -- checklist and standards available on website.
  • Developed social media guidelines to meet accessibility requirements.
  • Updated websites in the Content Management Systems (CMS).
  • Partnering with website managers across campus on accessibility needs.