OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES

RESOURCES

Helpful Links About Disabilities for Students, Faculty and Staff 

Academic Skills Center of University College provides free tutoring and workshops for all Buffalo State students seeking supplemental instruction in their courses. Their team of professional tutors is ready to address questions regarding your coursework. Tutors meet with students one-on-one or in small groups, handling an array of subjects that include business, humanities, languages, math, science, statistics, and writing.  They also assist with study skills and test taking strategies.  Please click on the following Test Taking: General Tips handout for more information.

The Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) - This professional organization supports research and training for staff, faculty, administrators and other professionals who provide support and who are working in post secondary education with college students who have disabilities.  The college has an institutional membership as well as training materials, brochures, and texts in the Disability Services Office in South Wing 120. www.ahead.org

Center for Assistive Technology(CAT) - at SUNY at Buffalo is a resource for information about adaptive equipment and assistive software as well as compatibility with computer operating systems.  Training on the use of this equipment is provided to consumers who have been referred to the CAT for diagnosis and support.  www.cat.buffalo.edu

Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped(CBVH) - provides financial aid and career support for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  Locally, life skills training is also provided in cooperation with the Elizabeth Olmsted. M.D. Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and post-degree employment training support is available through the Statler National Training Center. http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cbvh/

The Collegiate Consortium of Disability Advocates (CCDA)- Members of a consortium of disability advocates who represent colleges and agencies providing support to postsecondary students in western New York.  This site provides materials from Effective College Planning (helpful information about high school to college transition): www.ccdanet.org

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.  Supported by the U.S. Department of Education, HEATH provides training session and workshop information, develops training modules, publishes resource papers, fact sheets, directories, website information, and fosters networks among professionals and faculty with interests in postsecondary education and disability. www.heath.gwu.edu

Office of Civil Rights (OCR): provides guidance and oversight for the federal laws related to the American with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

Students with Disabilities: Know Your Rights as You Prepare for Postsecondary Education - an excellent resource that delineates the responsibilities and rights of students with disabilities as they transition from high school to colleges and universities. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

Auxiliary Aids & Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: this resource explains the rights and responsibilities of colleges and college students who have disabilities including the provision of support, who pays for this support, and what is not to be done by the college.  http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/auxaids.html

The New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID): provides financial aid and career support for individuals with severe disabilities except blindness: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/




Resources for Independent Living
  • The Independent Living Institute promotes disabled people’s self-determination: The Independent Living Institute offers resources for persons with extensive disabilities and develops consumer-driven policies for self-determination, self-respect and dignity.

    The Institute's purpose is to promote the opportunities of persons with disabilities to gain more personal and political power, self-determination, full participation and equality through information, training materials, consultancy and technical assistance. The Institute works in cooperation with other organizations which support these aims at the local, national and international level, including self-help groups in developing countries.
    www.independentliving.org

Resources for Accessible Web and Print Materials
  • World Wide Web Consortium: This "umbrella" site was designed as a means of developing standards, technologies, tools, specifications, and guidelines that lead to developing the Web to its full potential.  Included in the potential is the concept of Universal Design.  The access standards that SUNY uses for website and for other electronic materials are clarified here. www.w3.org.

  •  Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI):  EASI is the premiere provider of online training on accessible information technology for persons with disabilities.  Founded by Prof. Emeritus Norman Coombs of RIT, online courses are offered and information shared on topics such as math and science, adaptive hardware and software, library access, etchttp://people.rit.edu/easi/




Universal Design for Faculty/Instruction

  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST): Founded at Harvard, CAST is a not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, especially those with disabilities.  This site includes information and materials on Universal Design for Learning as well as the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum. http://www.cast.org/