Welcome to the Accommodations and Resource Center (AARC) for Students with Disabilities a division of the Harris Family Center for Disability Issues and Health Policy(CDHP) at Western University of Health Sciences. AARC is dedicated to providing students with disabilities the support and services needed for the opportunity to study in the health are professions. AARC is the designated office that maintains disability-related documents, determines eligibility for academic accommodations, determines reasonable accommodations and develops plans for the provisions of such accommodations for students attending Western University of Health Sciences.
Our staff encourages academically qualified students with disabilities to utilize all the appropriate accommodations. No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disabilities in the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations as required under Title III-Public accommodations Owned by Private Entities of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Watch this area for up-to-date information about important news, events and announcements impacting students with disabilities.
SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITES SEEKING EMPLOYMENT
Did you Know? The California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services offer services for people with disabilities to seek employment.
- California Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Oregon Department of Human Services: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Helpful Articles about Technology, written by Andrew Leibs – An Ongoing Series
Check back often for additional articles
- An Introduction to Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking and Dragon Dictate
- Read & Write Gold
- Make Text Bigger
- How Persons Who Are Deaf and Blind Have Conversations
- Free and Low-Cost Telecommunication Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
- Five Technologies Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons Use to Communicate
About.com Assistive Technology Newsletter
Sign up for Andrew Leibs’ Assistive Technology weekly newsletter. It’s free and it’s filled with valuable information. Just click on the Sign Up words near the upper left side of the page, next to the photo of Andrew Leibs.
Affordable High-speed Internet for People with Disabilities
From the Digital Access Project, a project of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. Get started to learn more and see if you qualify.
Do you know about Bookshare?
Bookshare.org provides accessible books and periodicalsfor readers with print disabilities. It’s free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, and has an online searchable library, with more than70,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals andassistive technology tools.
Dragon Dictate for Mac
Dragon Dictate by Nuance Communications is speech recognition software that lets Mac users compose written documents, execute commands, and run applications using only your voice. It can help people with mobility restrictions or learning disabilities that make typing difficult. Read more.
Read an interview with Nuance Communications senior product manager Colleen Hendry titled “Is Speech Recognition Still Assistive Technology?”
Glasses Can Make You Smart:
Discussion on Leaning Disabilities Affected by Poor Vision
Approximately 80 percent of what a child learns in school is presented in a visual form. The ability to see well is extremely important for children to achieve their academic potential. Uncorrected vision can lead to headaches and limited attention in the classroom. In some occurences, the inattentive behavior is misdiagnosed with a learning disorder, such as Attention Deficit Disorder. When vision-related learning disabilities are properly diagnosed, solutions are simple and effective. Wearing glasses or contact lenses can make a huge difference in a child’s ability to learn. Read the full article.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
HEATH Resource Center
Take a look at the HEATH Resource Center website for information about scholarships and grants for people with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University gathers and disseminates information to help people with disabilities reach their full potential through postsecondary education and training, and acts as an online clearinghouse.
Scholarships and Internships for Students with Disabilities
January through May are very important months for students. They are the months when most summer internships and upcoming year scholarships have their application deadlines. Proyecto Visión has extensive lists of specific scholarships and internships for students with disabilities, including information regarding award amounts, application deadline dates, and links to application forms. There are numerous great opportunities, but students can only get them if they learn about them and apply.
Laura Williams Memorial Scholarship from Californians for Disability Rights
One (or more) $500 scholarships will be given each year in the Spring semester to provide assistance to people with disabilities who have been admitted to or are enrolled in a California college or university and who are committed to taking a leadership role in improving the lives of persons with disabilities. Click here for more information.