Disability Virtual Career Fair on August 5,2020

June 22, 2020

Disability Virtual Career Fair

Are you a person with Disability looking for a career opportunity of internship?

The Virtual Career Fair is FREE for career seekers with disabilities to attend

Experienced professionals, recent college graduates and college students with disabilities meet online with employers across the nation to discuss competitive career opportunities!

Candidates are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS LOOKING TO HIRE
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Access opportunities within a wide range of careers.

  • National employer participation across many industry sectors
  • Public and private sector opportunities

INTERVIEW WITH EASE

Participate from the comfort of your home,
your dorm room or your favorite coffee shop!

  • Multi-tasking chats about career and internship interests
  • End-to-end accessible technology platform

CAREER FAIRS WITH LESS HASSLE

Save time and money.

  • No business suit or travel required
  • No printed out resumes necessary

Register at www.careereco.com/events/disability

Virtual Career Fair Date: August 5, 2020

For information: bender@careereco.com or 770.980.0088

Resources to Keep Learning

March 18, 2020

Per the most recent guidance from the university, all classes will be online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. The CSD will continue to update the Resources to Keep Learning webpage with guides, apps, assistive technology, and other resources that may assist students as they transition to learning and studying remotely and virtually. Please visit the CSD Continues Remotely webpage regularly for updated resources. Please contact the CSD at csd@uconn.edu or your Disability Services Professional directly with questions regarding your accommodations or additional resources for learning in an online environment.

The Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary

March 5, 2020

February 26, 2020

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. Throughout this 30th anniversary year, the Division is publishing a monthly series of blog posts highlighting the impact that our recent ADA enforcement efforts have made in people’s everyday lives. We celebrate the many ways in which the ADA has transformed American society and enabled a generation of Americans with disabilities to thrive. At the same time, we recognize that too many barriers to equal opportunity remain. We recommit to our work of making the promise of the ADA a reality, enabling all Americans with disabilities to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.

United States v. Harris County

The ADA guarantees people with disabilities equal participation in all aspects of society, including in the exercise of one of our most fundamental rights—voting. On March 12, 2019, the United States resolved a lawsuit against Harris County, Texas, alleging that the County’s voting program—the third largest in the country—is inaccessible to voters with disabilities. The United States’ complaint alleged that many polling places in Harris County have architectural barriers—such as steep ramps or gaps in sidewalks and walkways—that make them inaccessible to voters with mobility impairments or voters who are blind or visually impaired. Under the agreement, Harris County is bringing its voting program into compliance with the ADA. The accounts below detail some of the alleged barriers faced by Harris County voters with disabilities before the United States brought its case.

James Sweatt Jr., was the first person in line to vote when the polls opened at his polling place, Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School in Houston. Mr. Sweatt has a mobility disability and uses a power wheelchair. When he arrived at the school, he could not enter his polling place because of a high threshold at the entrance. His request to use another entrance was denied. Mr. Sweatt waited outside for more than an hour in the rain until someone helped lift his power chair over the threshold.

While Mr. Sweatt was eventually able to enter the polling place and cast his ballot, he felt demeaned and frustrated because physical barriers prevented him from independently entering the polling place.

James Sweatt Jr.

Used with permission from Mr. James Sweatt Jr.

Rosalie Vasquez and her family have traditionally enjoyed the voting experience, from seeing neighbors and community members at their polling place to proudly wearing “I Voted” stickers upon casting their ballots. On Election Day, Rosalie Vasquez drove her family to vote curbside at their polling place in Humble, Texas. Ms. Vasquez’s son and mother have physical disabilities. Upon parking, the family noticed that no one was outside to help with curbside voting. Under Texas law, voters who are physically unable to enter the polling location without assistance or likelihood of injury may curbside vote. Ms. Vasquez went inside to seek help.

Approximately 10 minutes later, an election judge and poll worker came out with a curbside voting machine. The election judge repeatedly told Ms. Vasquez that her family should vote by mail in the future. Ultimately, Ms. Vasquez’s son and mother were able to vote curbside. Nevertheless, the Vasquez family found the experience discouraging and intimidating.

Kelly Moore, a long-time resident of Houston, enjoys voting in person. Ms. Moore has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair. Upon moving to a new neighborhood, she went to vote at her polling place–Lanier Middle School in Houston–on Election Day. But on arrival, steps to the front entrance blocked her path. A sign indicated that there was an accessible entrance off a nearby road. Ms. Moore proceeded along that route for as far as she could, but could not find the accessible entrance.

Lanier Middle School in Houston

Used with permission from Ms. Kelly Moore.

 Kelly Moore

Used with permission from Ms. Kelly Moore.

Ms. Moore returned to the front of the school where other voters sought to help, eventually going inside to find a poll worker. The poll worker confirmed the existence of an accessible entrance, but neither she nor other poll workers knew where it was. They repeatedly offered Ms. Moore curbside voting instead.

Ms. Moore wanted to vote alongside her neighbors, and, if there was an accessible entrance, she wanted to use it. As she explains, “curbside voting is a very separate experience; one does not get to be a part of the community of people voting.” Eventually, a school police officer appeared outside and told Ms. Moore that he would lead her to the voting room. He led Ms. Moore through a locked gate near the main entrance and then through the school. She passed through one door after another, numerous routes and hallways packed with middle school students. Ms. Moore felt embarrassed, out of place, and uncomfortable being escorted by a police officer. She was eventually taken to the voting room where she cast her ballot. As a result of her experience, Ms. Moore lost confidence that her polling place would be accessible, but was hesitant to vote at an unfamiliar polling place.

Following the United States’ agreement, in December 2019 on a busy Saturday, Ms. Moore returned to Lanier to vote in Harris County’s run-off Election. Ms. Moore was able to cast her ballot, independently and without an escort.

Eliminating barriers to voting—such as those experienced by Mr. Sweat, Ms. Vasquez’s family, and Ms. Moore—is central to the ADA’s goal of equality and full participation for people with disabilities. With this agreement, Harris County has the opportunity to develop and implement a voting program that significantly furthers that goal and ensures that voters with disabilities can cast their ballot on the same terms and with the same level of independence and privacy as voters without disabilities.

The United States’ agreement with Harris County is part of the Department’s ADA Voting Initiative, which focuses on protecting the voting rights of individuals with disabilities. A hallmark of the ADA Voting Initiative is its collaboration with jurisdictions to increase accessibility at polling places. Through this Initiative, the Department has surveyed more than 2,000 polling places and increased polling place accessibility in more than 50 jurisdictions, including Chicago; Richland County, South Carolina; Sandoval County, New Mexico; Union and Ocean Counties, New Jersey; and York County, Pennsylvania.

To read the settlement agreement, please click here, and to read the federal court complaint, please click here. For more information on the Civil Rights Division, please visit www.justice.gov/crt. For more information on the ADA, please call the Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TDD 800-514-0383) or visit www.ada.gov.

For more information, visit their website.

Ahead Scholarships for Students with Disabilities for Fall of 2020

February 27, 2020


Dear AHEAD Members,
AHEAD is pleased to announce the availability of applications for two scholarship opportunities for the Fall of 2020:

• The AHEAD Scholarship for STUDENTS with Disabilities, and
• The AHEAD Scholarship for Advanced Academic Study for AHEAD Members.

Complete details for both scholarship opportunities can be found at:
ahead.org/membership/2020-fall-scholarships

The deadline for submission of applications is April 15, 2020.

We look forward to receiving applications! Please feel welcome to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Have a great rest of your day!

Best to you,

Stephan J. Smith, Executive Director
stephan@ahead.org
704-947-7779

Students can contact their Disability Services Professional with questions regarding the application!

Prospective Student Information Sessions

February 10, 2020

We will be hosting prospective student information sessions. These virtual sessions will introduce you to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at UConn, discuss the differences between high school and college, and provide an overview of the process to request accommodations. We will also share information about our enhanced services program, Beyond Access. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Prospective student information sessions will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm via WebEx on the following dates:

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

 

If you are interested in joining a virtual session on one of the above dates, please call the CSD at 860-486-2020 to reserve a space or send us an email at csd@uconn.edu.

Three Parking Lots to Close Due to Construction

June 20, 2019

Construction of the new Northwest Science Quadrant, a cornerstone of the Next Generation Connecticut program and a hallmark of the 2015 Campus Master Plan, is scheduled to begin in January 2020. The first phase of this major new project will include the Science I Building and a supplemental utility plant.

As a result of this construction, some parking lots will be closed and parking assignments for some additional permit holders will be changed. The changes are part of ongoing significant changes in parking arrangements for faculty, staff, and students.

Parking lots L, N, and X, which are located on the footprint of the new buildings, will permanently close in two phases by January.

Prior to the fall 2019 semester, all of Lot L will close (approximately 160 spaces for commuter students), and the upper section of Lot X will also close (approximately 300 spaces for Area 2 employees and commuter students).

Starting with the spring 2020 semester, the lower section of Lot X (approximately 360 spaces for commuter students) and Lot N (approximately 220 spaces for Area 2 employees) will both be closed.

The lower section of Lot F (approximately 250 spaces) will now accommodate Area 2 employee parking, instead of commuter students. Employees displaced from Lots N and X will be accommodated either in Lot F or in the North Garage. All available student garage permit parking will now be in the South Garage.

Lot K, a new lot with 700 spaces for commuter students that is located on Discovery Drive across from the Innovation Partnership Building, will be completed prior to the fall 2019 semester.

Lots C, K, and W will be the largest for commuter students, and permits for this group will be lot-specific in 2019-20. With the large number of commuter students parking in Lots C and K, there will be enhanced shuttle bus service to and from these parking locations, running every 15 minutes.

Please see the links below for more information:

2019 Fall Semester shuttle bus route and service information

2019 Fall Semester Parking Map

2019-20 Student Permit Rate Table with shuttle bus parking lot service information

For more information, contact: Parking Services at parkingservices@uconn.edu.

Summer 2019 Construction and Traffic Update

March 4, 2019

In order to provide students and faculty with the best spaces in which to live and learn, UConn is undergoing a strategic master plan to construct and improve the campus. Please note that construction may inhibit daily routes and routines, as some areas may be closed in order to facilitate the completion of major construction projects.

To view a complete list of significant construction activity (including building, site, and utility projects), please see the: UConn Summer 2019 Construction and Traffic Update

NEW: Prospective Student Information Sessions

February 26, 2019

We will be hosting prospective student information sessions during the month of April. These sessions will introduce you to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at UConn, discuss the differences between high school and college, and provide an overview of the accommodation process. We will also share information about our enhanced services programs Beyond Access and Husky GPS. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Prospective student information sessions will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the CSD on the following dates:

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

 

If you are interested in attending one of the above dates, please call the CSD at 860-486-2020 to reserve a space or send us an email at csd@uconn.edu.

CSD Closed on 11/23/18

November 14, 2018

The Center for Students with Disabilities will be closed on Friday, November 23, 2018.

AHEAD Scholarship Opportunities

November 8, 2018

AHEAD  is offering two scholarship opportunities and accepting applications until December 1, 2018. Click here or see below for full details and application information!