Disability Services for Graduate and Professional Students

with Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Matt Imboden, Michael Shuman

About This Course

A collaboration between the Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services (AGAPSS) Knowledge Community and the Disability Knowledge Community, this live briefing will aid attendees in their understanding of disability issues in higher education and student affairs as they relate to serving graduate and professional students, and will provide them with information, resources, and tools for addressing and meeting these unique needs.

Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Ph.D., the director of disability services at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will highlight the importance of understanding that the disability-related laws applied to higher education are different than those that govern K12; higher education accommodations are created to provide access, without ever lowering standards. Also presented will be the fact that all students/situations/disabilities present differently. Two students may have the same disability and be in the same course, but have different accommodations.

Matt Imboden, the executive director of integrative student services at Wake Forest University School of Business, alongside Michael Shuman, the director of disability services at Wake Forest University, will characterize the key features of an effective relationship between front-line student affairs teams and centralized campus disability and compliance officials. They will show how, together, they are able to support the success of all students, including those navigating disabilities related concerns ranging from the simple to the quite complex.  

Learning Outcomes

By participating in this session, attendees will:

  • be able to articulate who qualifies as a student with a disability in higher education;
  • learn where/how to access resources to answer questions related to students with disabilities in higher education;
  • gain an awareness of the issues relevant to front-line student affairs staff in managing and administering appropriate accommodations;
  • better understand the aspects of a strong and collaborative partnership between grad and professions student affairs administrators and campus disability compliance officials and certifying offices; and
  • develop a deeper understanding of how to negotiate the accommodation needs of graduate and professional students with disabilities.

Accessing the Presentation

Once you complete your registration, you will be able to access the course by clicking on the "Login" button at the top of this page (or any page on olc.naspa.org).

  • You will be asked to login with your NASPA user name and password. Once you have done so, you will hit continue and be redirected to your dashboard in the Online Learning Community.

  • You will find the session listed under "Enrolled."

  • This session is recorded. By clicking into, "Contents," you will find the session recording, resources, and PowerPoint slides. You may view the materials as many times as you'd like, at whatever pace you would like.

  • If you have any difficulty accessing the materials, please contact Jace Kirschner (jkirschner@naspa.org).

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