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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The Claremont Colleges are combining resources to open a centralized Student Disability Resources Center (SDRC). The new center, scheduled to open in fall 2014, will augment the services and resources currently available on each of the campuses and will be located in the Robert E. Tranquada Student Services Center. The search for the SDRC director is already underway.
Approximately six percent or more than 400 students at the Claremont Colleges have self-identified as having a disability, which mirrors the rate nationally for college students.
The primary responsibilities of the SRDC director will include supporting the assessments and accommodations provided by students’ home campuses; advocating for and providing social and cultural support for students with disabilities; establishing cross-campus disability accommodation procedures, an inventory of shared resources and a disability resource website; and creating centralized, distraction-free and reduced distraction spaces for test proctoring and other accommodations. The Director will also serve as an advisor for the Disability, Illness and Difference Alliance (DIDA) student group; and consult with faculty, staff, parents, and other stakeholders about the developmental, career, support and mental health needs of students with disabilities.
According to Denise Hayes, vice president of Student Affairs for the Claremont University Consortium (CUC), the process to create the SDRC began with the Student Deans Committee, in consultation with the CUC Council of Presidents, commissioning a study of the disability services and resources available to students at each of the Claremont Colleges. The recommendation from the consultants was the addition of a centralized disability service to the campus-specific disability coordinators.
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